A FATHER-OF-TWO died in a tragic roadside accident after a day out with his family, an inquest heard.
Richard Huw Davies, 41, of Moss Close, Willaston, who had limited mobility, and other problems caused by Parkinson’s disease, was with his wife and children on the way home from Cheshire Oaks on November 11 last year when the accident happened.
During the journey home that day Mr Davies needed to relieve himself so the family stopped by the roadside. After getting out of the car, he collapsed and fell 5ft into a ditch, landing face-down in water.
He was pulled from the ditch and taken to hospital by paramedics, where he was put on a ventilator.
However, despite efforts by hospital staff to save Mr Davies, he was eventually taken off life support and died on January 3, 2011.
Deputy coroner for Cheshire Dr Janet Napier described how Mr Davies, who returned to the UK with his family from Italy after he was diagnosed, also suffered from blackouts and dizzy spells caused by hypertension. He had also experienced renal failure, which left him needing a catheter.
Dr Napier added: “This is very sad. One of his children saw him fall but by the time he was pulled free he was already suffering from cardio-respiratory arrest and was very cold.”
Verdict: Mr Davies died due to the effects of an accident contributed to by his natural disease.