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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Pedestrian killed in collision had been trying to get home

Gareth Naughton

A MAN who died after he was knocked down by a taxi had called his partner minutes earlier to say he was having trouble hailing a taxi, an inquest has heard.

Father-of-one Jonathan 'Jonny' Parkin (36), of Rivervale, Dargle Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, was struck by a taxi at the Whites Cross junction on the N11 road in Blackrock, Co Dublin, at around 4.45am on December 18, last year. Dublin City Coroner's Court heard he suffered severe head injuries and died later that afternoon in St Vincent's Hospital.

Mr Parkin and two of his work colleagues, John Stokes and Dwayne O'Connor, arranged to meet at The Orchard Pub in Stillorgan for drinks at around 8.30pm the evening before his death.

Mr Stokes told the court that he and Mr Parkin drank eight pints of Guinness and three vodkas with Redbull. They then walked to McGowan's Bar in Stillorgan where they had another three drinks. CCTV footage showed Mr Parkin leaving McGowan's at about 2.44am.

His partner Nicki O'Brien told the court that Mr Parkin had called her shortly before he was knocked down to say that he was having difficulty finding a taxi and was going to sleep in his car.

He had been due to stay at her mother's house in Dun Laoghaire that night, she said. She advised him to keep walking toward the N11 where he would get a taxi.

Mr Parkin was seen stumbling from side to side on the footpath and trying to flag down a taxi at around 4.30am.

It is believed that he was attempting to walk across the road at the pedestrian crossing at Whites Cross junction when he was hit by the taxi. The traffic lights were green for road traffic at the time.

Taxi driver Gary Walsh swerved to avoid Mr Parkin when he suddenly appeared in front of the car but was unable to miss him. He did not see Mr Parkin until he was five to six feet in front of him, he said.

A number of people travelling in other taxis at the time attempted to help Mr Parkin and the emergency services were called. He was brought to A&E at St Vincent's Hospital where he was transferred to the intensive care unit. He died at 1pm in the afternoon.

The post-mortem found that Mr Parkin died as a result of severe brain injuries due to a cranial cerebral trauma. He had a moderate level of alcohol in his bloodstream at the time of his death.

The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

Irish Independent

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