Father's relief after inquest clears son

A BEREAVED father says he is happy that people now know his son had no involvement in his own death.

A BEREAVED father says he is happy that people now know his son had no involvement in his own death.

Mark Close died in July 2005 after being hit by a car on the road between Brean and Berrow. An inquest into the 32-year-old's death was held in Taunton this week where a coroner concluded he should not take any blame for his own death.

Evidence from one of the people in the car that hit the father-of-two had previously suggested he may have been standing in the road deliberately.

His dad Anthony, of Orchard Close in East Brent, said: "I am delighted Mark has been exonerated. We are glad justice has been done in the end."


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West Somerset coroner Michael Rose recorded a narrative verdict which meant he gave a brief description of what he thought happened on the night Mark was killed.

He said: "The deceased was attempting to cross Berrow Road and was standing on the east side of the carriageway when he was hit by an unlicensed car carrying an unlicensed passenger.

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"It hit the deceased with such force it caused his immediate death.

"It then crossed to the correct side of the carriageway without stopping to check on the deceased."

A man was charged with causing death by dangerous driving but last year a crown court judge ruled the accused 20-year-old was not fit to stand trial. The jury still heard the evidence of the case and found the driver not guilty.

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