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Driver told by police she’d ‘likely hit a deer’ found man’s body next day

Written by on 29/09/2020

Police searched a section of road where a loved grandad was hit by a car 12 hours before he was found an inquest has heard.

John Webb died after he was hit by a car in Long Road, Brampton-en-le-Morthern, near Rotherham, on the night of February 18 this year.

However, his body was not found until the following morning at the side of the road.

An inquest has revealed that the police were called to the area that night after the female driver rang 999 to report that she had hit something but she wasn’t sure what.

The hearing, at Doncaster Coroners Court, heard that a police officer went to the scene and searched the area but told the driver it was likely a deer she had hit.

But driver Deborah Cook didn’t sleep that night and went back the next morning with her husband and sister to see if she could set her mind at ease by going back for another look.

It was then the body of Mr Webb, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia, was found in a ditch at the side of the road.

A post mortem examination found that he had died from multiple injuries.

Coroner Louise Slater heard evidence in court that Mr Webb had been diagnosed with the disease and had been found previously out walking on his own in a disoriented state and was receiving care at home care three times a day.

His carer Julie Harris last saw him just after 4pm on February 18. When she returned just before 7pm he wasn’t at home.

Three motorists witnessed seeing Mr Webb walking down Long Road, which had no footpaths or streetlights, at around 8pm that evening wearing dark clothing.

Speaking at the hearing driver Deborah Cook, who worked as a carer, said: “I usually leave the house about 8.15pm and drive that way as I have a regular lady I visit on an evening.

“I was driving on the road that I know as the straight mile and I had my full beam on as it was pitch black.

“I always turn my full beam off on the bad bend and I could see a car coming toward me, as it came past me I put by full beam back on and I just heard a bang.

“I didn’t see anything, I didn’t know what I had hit.”

Mrs Cook then told the court she pulled up at the side of the road and called 999, work and her husband to tell them what had happened.

She added: “When the police officer arrived she asked me what had happened. I explained that I had hit something but I didn’t know what, all I saw was something brown in the corner of my windscreen.

“The officer got out her torch and she had a look down the road and said she found where the impact was as there was some debris on the road.

“She said that she didn’t find anything else and it was more than likely a deer that I had hit.

“I asked her if she was sure and she went to have another look again and she came back to say she again couldn’t see anything and she was happy that I probably hit a deer or some sort of animal.

“Her torch had run out of battery so she said she would drive her car up and down with the beam on to check again.

“She said that we needed to arrange recovery of my car and she got the insurance number for me and she said that she had to go.”

But the court heard that Mrs Cook did not sleep that night and her sister Zoe offered to take her back to the scene in the morning for another look to help put her mind at ease.



Mr Webb was walking down Long Road on the way to Brampton-en-le-Morthern when he was hit by a car

In a statement read out in court by Zoe Lowe it said: “I sent her a Facebook message in the morning to ask if she was OK and she said that she had not slept all night.

“I asked if she was in pain or worried and she replied worried so I offered to take her back to the scene to have a look to put her mind at ease.

“When we got there I noticed some debris still on the road we walked a little further past it when Deborah cried out ‘he’s there’ and there was a body of a man in the ditch.

“Police and ambulance were called to the scene.”

Mr Webb, who lived in North Anston, was described as a “lovable rogue who always lived life to the full”.

Coroner Louise Slater adjourned the inquest for more evidence to be gathered from South Yorkshire Police.

It is expected to be resumed in a few months time.