AN INQUEST into the death of a popular South Elmsall man who died after being hit by a lorry opened on Wednesday.
Wakefield coroner David Hinchliffe opened and adjourned the inquest into the death of Rory Dove, 43, who died on Thursday, February 23 near to the Asda supermarket on Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe.
Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Dove was seen to cross over the road intending to sit on the bench opposite the store. While he was standing on the pavement, he leaned backwards against the side of a parked lorry.
The vehicle moved forward causing Mr Dove to be thrown to the ground and make contact with the wheels of the lorry.
Police and an ambulance attended, but Mr Dove was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1.30pm.
The short hearing was told that Mr Dove was known to abuse alcohol and drugs and it is suspected drugs were used on that day.
He had no occupation and his address was listed as Holbeck House Probation Hostel, Spring View, Leeds.
The inquest was adjourned for further inquiries.
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