By Denna Bowman
A father-of-eight was killed on his way to work when he was fatally wounded by one of the tyres which came loose from an HGV lorry.
Stable hand Robert Kerry suffered internal injuries after being hit by one of the two massive tyres which broke free from the passing lorry while he waited for his morning lift.
An inquest heart that the 54-year-old from Arundel in west Sussex was thrown 12ft by the force of the tyre as he stood in the same place he did every morning – just yards from his home.
Chichester Coroners’ Court heard that after the accident, which happened in March, Mr Kerry was conscious and even tried to get up as he asked to go home.
The inquest was told the lorry had experienced trouble with its brakes and it was going to be driven from its Chichester depot to another garage in Croydon, where it would be fixed.
Two days earlier the vehicle had been taken to a garage near Portsmouth, where safety checks were carried out and several faults were found with the vehicle.
These were fixed, the court was told, but at no point did any problems with the tyres come to light.
West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield adjourned the inquest for more witnesses to be called.