Depressed man ended his own life on Parkway

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A DEPRESSED and confused man walked into the path of a lorry on a busy Peterborough parkway, an inquest heard.

A DEPRESSED and confused man walked into the path of a lorry on a busy Peterborough parkway, an inquest heard.Paul Virgo died instantly when he was struck by the heavy goods vehicle on the A1139 Frank Perkins Parkway on November 14.

An inquest at Peterborough Town Hall yesterday heard how the collision happened on the southbound carriageway just past the Oxney Road flyover when Mr Virgo, of Lavington Grange, Parnwell, walked in front of a Iveco tipper truck at about 10.05am.

The 59-year-old, who suffered from depression, visited next door neighbour Sarah Jarrett hours before his death, drinking a mug of coffee, pacing around and rocking back and forth.

Mrs Jarret said: "He was clearly very upset and was swinging between his irrational and normal self. He talked about financial worries and then changed the conversation about his personal problems.

"He then screwed up his cigarette packet and said 'that's those finished, I won't be needing that any more'. He was very emotional and left at about 9.15am."

Mr Virgo's former partner of about 10 years, Rosemary Wilson, told the inquest Mr Virgo had become reluctant and forgetful with his medication for depression.

The pair had enjoyed a meal with their four-year-old daughter the night before his death.

Ms Wilson said: "He became tearful over the slightest thing. He hugged us both and said goodnight and we made provisional arrangements for Sunday lunch."

William Butcher, from Leverington, Wisbech, who was travelling behind the lorry that hit Mr Virgo, said: "The man climbed over the fence and went across the slip road and on to the grass verge.

"He was walking at quite a steady pace. He just stopped in front of the lorry coming towards him and raised his hands. We stopped and my wife called 999."

Coroner Gordon Ryall recorded a verdict that Mr Virgo killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed. He said: "Mr Virgo was there for a particular purpose and it was his deliberate intention to end his own life.

"He was very confused and needed more than all the help he was getting from friends and family. He was not taking his medication.

"He had a number of problems and that was an indication of how confused and upset he was generally."