hears Dylan Cecil 'uncle' was killed on M5 near Burnham
man died after being hit by a lorry on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea
just hours after laying flowers in the town where his four-year-old
'nephew' had drowned in the sea, an inquest heard this week.
Thurlow, 42, was hitch-hiking along the motorway shortly after
a moving memorial to mark what would have been the sixth birthday
of Dylan Cecil, who had died in August 2012 after being swept
off Burnham's jetty.
inquest held in Taunton on Thursday (November 6th) heard that
Mr Thurlow had travelled 170 miles from Kettering with his partner
and Dylan's parents on April 29th this year to join the memorial.
Thurlow's partner, Lisa Hawthorn, was Dylan's godmother and he
was therefore affectionately known as 'Uncle Pete' to the youngster's
inquest hearing was told that Mr Thurlow had been hit by a lorry
while hitch-hiking along the northbound M5 in an attempt to get
home to his ill father, who was due to undergo a serious operation.
Hayden, deputy coroner for West Somerset, reached a conclusion
of accidental death at this week's inquest.
had attended Burnham-On-Sea with friends for what was in itself
a very sad event, marking the death of a youngster a couple of
years previously, the coroner said.
had been drinking during the day but it was steadily and he was
not in a state of complete intoxication, added the coroner.
added that during the evening Mr Thurlow had become aware of some
further bad news from home in relation to his father's health
and he expressed a wish to go home. It was then that he set off
with that motive.
Thurlow had been wearing dark clothing and a black backpack when
he was last seen walking onto the M5 at junction 22 at Burnham
in the direction of Weston. He was struck by a passing Morrisons
delivery lorry at around 12.51am.
lorry driver swerved, but Mr Thurlow was struck by the vehicle
and suffered fatal injuries. The coroner said the driver had been
driving attentively at the time.