Man died after stepping in front of train
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 April 2015
AN 'HONEST, caring and thoughtful' man who died when he stepped in front of a train had ended a relationship with his girlfriend just days before his death, an inquest has heard.
Christopher Davis, aged 32, died of multiple injuries when he was struck by a train at Weston Milton station on January 27.
An inquest at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court on Tuesday heard Mr Davis, who worked as an IT consultant, had seemed ‘quiet at times’ but had also been acting as ‘his usual self’ in the month leading up to his death.
Evidence from Mr Davis’ former partner was read in court by coroner Myfanwy Buckeridge.
The statement said: “In January he burst into tears in her arms, she bombarded him with all sorts of questions but he said he couldn’t tell her.
“On January 23 he left her house, telling her he was returning home. He seemed to be completely out-of-character and was behaving strangely. She thought he looked sad and he texted her to say he was ending the relationship.”
A statement from Mr Davis’ father, Terrance Davis, was read in court, saying: “He had become quiet at times but remained his usual self most of the time.
“He was an honest, caring and thoughtful son.”
Evidence from Keith Phillips, the driver of the train which hit Mr Davis, was also read in court.
He described seeing a shadow moving on the track, and said: “The next thing I saw was what appeared to be top of somebody’s head.
“I applied the emergency brakes and sounded the horn but the person made no attempt to move.”
The court was told Mr Davis had been drinking in the evening up to his death and had a blood alcohol level above the driving limit. Ms Buckeridge said: “The (alcohol levels) are not toxic in themselves but are enough to slow reaction times.”
Ms Buckeridge concluded the inquest and said: “Christopher Davis died on January 27 at 12.55am at Weston Milton railway station due to injuries caused by having been struck by a train.
“Christopher Davis placed himself in front of a train which struck him, causing his death, but the question of intention is unclear.”