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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:40 pm 
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Don't want to appear unsympathetic and judgemental towards the deceased here, but obviously my thread title takes a different approach to this compared to the newspaper headline.


Tragedy as 'caring' young man crushed to death by taxi after falling into the road

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk ... d-19621003

Aiden Worthington, 24, spent the hours leading up to his death drinking at pubs around Prestwich, an inquest heard

A 'caring' young man was crushed to death by a taxi after falling into the road following a night out, an inquest has heard.

Aiden Worthington, 24, had spent the hours leading up to his death drinking at pubs around Prestwich town centre with his dad.

CCTV footage showed him 'staggering' along Bury New Road in the early hours of the morning, just moments before he was crushed by a taxi as he lay prone in the middle of the street.

An inquest into his death today heard that it was 'unclear' exactly how Aiden had ended up in the road, but it was likely he had 'stumbled' and fallen prior to the collision.

He suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

Rochdale Coroners Court heard Aiden had spent the evening of April 27, 2019, drinking in two Prestwich pubs with his father, Robert Worthington.

They first met at the Red Lion, in Bury New Road, at 4.30pm before making the short journey to the Railway & Naturalist pub half an hour later.

By 8pm they had met up with some of Mr Worthington's work colleagues and returned to the Red Lion.

Later that evening, they headed back to the Railway & Naturalist.

Mr Worthington said that although his son was 'quite drunk' by this point, he still 'seemed his normal self'.

At 12.18am, Mr Worthington ordered a taxi to go home, but Aiden told him he wanted to stay out.

After unsuccessfully trying to persuade his son to join him, Mr Worthington left in the taxi alone.

PC Darren White, from Greater Manchester Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, told the hearing that police were unsure of Aiden's movements in the 90 minutes that followed.

However, CCTV captured a figure matching Aiden's description staggering along Bury New Road, near to Marks & Spencer, at 1.48am.

Shortly before 2.10am, dashcam footage from a taxi showed Aiden walking along the pavement further along the main road, heading towards Manchester.

PC Laura Drew, a forensic collision investigator at GMP, revealed that CCTV footage from a school close near to Charlton Avenue had captured a figure, believed to be Aiden, walking in the middle of the road just seconds before the crash happened.

She said he then disappeared from view, and it was 'unclear' how he had ended up lay in the road.

The inquest heard that taxi driver Kamran Khan was driving his Mercedes Vito van along Bury New Road in the same direction as Aiden when he thought he had gone over a speed bump.

He carried on driving for 56 metres before pulling over to take a look around the vehicle.

Initially, he could not see anything but his passenger, a colleague who he was giving a lift home, then noticed Aiden's body at the back end of the vehicle.

Emergency services arrived at the scene shortly after 2.30am and Aiden was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Pathologist Dr Philip Lumb gave Aiden's cause of death as 'chest, abdominal and pelvis injuries', which he said were consistent with him having been struck while lying in the road.

He added that many of the injuries were of a 'crushing nature'.

Following the crash, Mr Khan remained at the scene and told police officers he had not seen anything in the road.

However, when he was later formally interviewed, he answered 'no comments' to questions posed by officers.

PC Drew told the hearing that analysis of Mr Khan's taxi had concluded that the damage was consistent with having collided with Aiden as he lay in the road.

She added: "The damage suggests he was lay either head or feet first.

"His position meant he became trapped underneath the car."

She said Mr Khan was driving at a 'normal speed' on the 30mph and it was 'likely that he could not have avoided the collision'.

Following the crash, Bury council carried out a review of street lighting near to the scene after it was suggested that a lamp post had been partially obscured by overgrown trees.

Philip Hewitt, a street lighting engineer at the council, said that although lighting was reduced, it still would have been 'adequate' enough for a driver to see.

The inquest heard that Aiden had grown up in Manchester, but only recently returned to the area after living in Lancaster for two years, where he worked as a doorman.

He moved in with his father in Lower Broughton, Salford, and was due to start a new job as a customer service advisor on the day after his death.

His mum Amanda Harper described her son as 'a great lad' who had a love of basketball, wrestling and boxing.

She added: "He was loved wherever he went and he always tried to help whoever he could."

"He loved to laugh and was a practical joker."

She said her son's death had 'devastated' her family and that she had felt 'lost' ever since.

In a statement, she added: "The day Aiden died, my heart was ripped out of my chest."

Meanwhile, Mr Worthington described his son as a 'wonderful lad who loved life' and who had 'a caring nature'.

He added: "I can't put into words how I feel, lost upset and frustrated.

"He had moved back to Manchester and had everything going for him. I still feel numb."

Mr Cox ruled that Aiden had died as a result of a 'road traffic collision'.

He added: "In some way, Aiden ended up in the road before a collision took place.

"I dismiss any suggestion that Aiden was lying in the roadway intentionally.

"I believe the likelihood is that Aiden somehow stumbled and fell to the roadway before the collision took place.

"Mr Khan failed to react. As a result, he became trapped and dragged along the southbound lane for some 56 metres."


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:40 pm 
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The inquest heard that taxi driver Kamran Khan was driving his Mercedes Vito van along Bury New Road in the same direction as Aiden when he thought he had gone over a speed bump.

He carried on driving for 56 metres before pulling over to take a look around the vehicle.

Initially, he could not see anything but his passenger, a colleague who he was giving a lift home, then noticed Aiden's body at the back end of the vehicle.

Could certainly see similar circumstances where they would pin the blame on the driver.

And I'm *assuming* there's been no action against the driver, but it's not 100% clear.


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Very sad for the family and friends of the poor lad who died.

But I suspect the cab driver will never get over it. :sad:

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