A MAN died after being hit by a car following a drinking session.
Trader Stephen Jones, 52, was killed instantly after being struck as he walked along the A534 at Farndon near its junction with Sibbersfield Lane.
Barbara Malcom-Jones told a Chester inquest that her husband, who lived with her at Kerry Place, Wrexham, had a drinking problem and suffered with depression.
She said she had last seen him on the morning of December 17 last year when he told her he was meeting someone for lunch in Farndon.
Susan Roberts, who works at the Holt Lodge Hotel, said she had been on her way home to Tattenhall when her Peugeot 205 hit Mr Jones at around 5pm.
'It was a dark, wintry night,' she said. 'All of a sudden a face appeared in the centre of an unlit stretch of road. I went into autopilot and braked then I hit my head on the windscreen and blacked out.'
Ms Roberts suffered lacerations to her face and hands and was taken to hospital by paramedics after coming to.
Collision investigator PC Patrick Byrne, said Mr Jones had been walking along the road or stationary, as opposed to crossing it.
'He was wearing dark clothes so he had no silhouette,' said PC Byrne. 'Susan Roberts was driving at an average speed of about 49mph on a 60mph road and reacted in one-and-a-half to two seconds. She had insufficient time to avoid an impact.'
A post-mortem examination revealed multiple injuries, while toxicological tests showed Mr Jones was five times the drink-drive limit.
Deputy Coroner Dr Janet Napier recorded a verdict of accidental death.