Death of pensioner hit by a lorry in Mytholmroyd was an accident

The scene of the accident in Mytholmroyd.
The scene of the accident in Mytholmroyd.

The death of a pensioner who was hit by a lorry in Mytholmroyd was an accident, an inquest heard.

Nancy Gregory, from Luddenden Foot, suffered multiple injuries in the collision in Mytholmroyd last September and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest at Halifax Town Hall heard the lorry, being driven by Robert Cowling, was edging forward to pull out of the Burnley Road and New Road junction when the 80-year-old ran in front.

Witnesses said they couldn’t be certain if Mrs Gregory had fainted or slipped. Mr Cowling said he did not see her.

“Almost as soon as I moved forward to the edge of the junction the cab lifted up as if I’d gone over a speed bump,” he said. “It confused me for a minute and I froze for a second. I heard someone shout ‘stop, you’ve run over an old lady’.” Coroner Peter Straker recorded a verdict of accidental death.