A man who had a history of depression died after plunging from a footbridge over the M621 in Leeds.
Robert Rafferty was discovered in the hard shoulder of the motorway near junction four of the northbound carriageway, an inquest heard.
Mr Rafferty, 44, of Waincliffe Drive, in Beeston, Leeds, had a history of anxiety and depression.
He left his Beeston home at around 6am on Sunday, March 25, and just four minutes later police had received reports that a man was found in the hard shoulder of the busy motorway.
A post mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was head injuries.
The inquest heard that Mr Rafferty’s brother Paul had committed suicide in 1996 and he often spoke about wanting to join his brother.
West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchliff recorded a verdict that Mr Rafferty had taken his own life.
He said: “He must have been having one of his episodes and was feeling very low.
“He decided to take his own life by allowing himself to fall from the bridge.”