A DRIVER was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a pedestrian was killed in Havercroft near Wakefield, an inquest opening heard.
Leeds Coroner’s Court heard yesterday (Sept 29) that Anthony Rhodes, 25, suffered fatal injuries after he was struck by a Citroen Saxo on Cow Lane just before 11.30pm on Thursday, September 4.
Mr Rhodes was walking home after going out for a drink at a local pub with his brother Andrew and a friend.
Coroner’s officer Jayne Dawson said: “It is reported the Saxo was being driven at speed towards Wakefield and the driver appears to have lost control of the vehicle on a slight bend and has mounted the pavement and collided with Mr Rhodes.
“The driver made off from the scene on foot but was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.”
Preliminary findings from a post mortem examination were that Mr Rhodes died from multiple injuries.
Police said the driver had left the scene before emergency services arrived.
The inquest was adjourned pending the outcome of a police investigation.
A 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remains on police bail.
Mr Rhodes, a self employed floor layer, lived with his girlfriend, Abby Wilson, on Hardie Road, Havercroft. He also leaves behind mum Wendy and dad John.
Miss Wilson said: “Ant was a big lad with an even bigger heart – a beautiful person who was always a pleasure to be with. Hundreds of people have been paying their condolences to the family.”