The death of a Finedon pedestrian who was hit by a van last year could not have been avoided, an inquest has concluded.
Keith Hearn, 60, walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle on the Irthlingborough road stretch of the A6 exiting Finedon in July 2014.
He suffered neck, chest and adbominal injuries and died ‘rapidly’, according to a forensic pathologist.
The inquest in Kettering heard how Mr Hearn was walking briskly across the marked hatching but failed to stop and was hit by a blue van, driven by Craig Marlow.
Mr Marlow – who was a distant relation of Mr Hearn – was originally charged with careless driving but these were dropped.
He had been within the speed limit and on the correct side of the road and said Mr Hearn, whom he knew as ‘the running man’, came out of nowhere.
Witnesses described how Mr Hearn was not looking at oncoming traffic and flew up in the air and over the van after being struck.
The windscreen of the van shattered and Mr Marlow was taken to hospital with superficial cuts to his face.
A statement from Mr Hearn’s brother Ian said he was “clever and roadwise and definitely not suicidal”.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, senior coroner Anne Pember said: “An inquest is not to apportion blame but to find how how somebody died.
“The collision was on Mr Hearn’s side of the road and was an accident.”