Caring son’s tragic death

Accident scene: Keighley Road, Illingworth, Halifax
Accident scene: Keighley Road, Illingworth, Halifax

A loving sister paid tribute to her brother who overcame personal challenges to take care of his terminally ill father.

Angela Nemeth, said her brother Jim Nemeth would do anything for the family despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Mr Nemeth, 47, was killed after being hit by a lorry on Keighley Road, Illingworth, Halifax, on November 24, 2011.

“When our father Les was diagnosed terminally ill in 2009 he was a fantastic help and great support,” said Angela.

“It was very difficult for him but we couldn’t have done it without him.”

The family has spent most of their lives in Halifax where Mr Nemeth attended St Malachy’s Junior School.

“He was kind and generous. We miss him very much and it has been hard for us,” said Angela.

At the conclusion to a Halifax inquest into his death, Coroner Peter Straker recorded an open verdict as there was no evidence to suggest he had committed suicide.

At an earlier hearing evidence was heard from witnesses.

Matthew Raistrick, who was in one of the cars following the lorry described the incident as Mr Nemeth came into view.

“The gentleman came across to the right hand side of the pavement and the driver tried to swerve to try miss him as he looked to appear to lay down in the road. It then appeared he throw himself down in front of the lorry.

“It was obvious how serious it was as traffic had stopped. It was apparent that first aid wasn’t needed.”

Sergeant Garry Alderson, Head of Calderdale Traffic Police, gave evidence saying that there was nothing the driver could do.

“It appears Mr Nemeth walked toward the curb and step or put himself in the road,” he said.

“Mr Chaudry Khan was driving well below the speed limit. He tried to take evasive action but it was impossible. He did his best to avoid the collision.”

Routine checks were carried out the traffic team and there was no evidence of any defects with the lorry or with the road surface.