Man crushed by own car while unloading shopping, inquest hears

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An “extremely fit and healthy” Ilkeston man died when he became crushed under his car as it rolled backwards off his driveway as he was unloading shopping.

Paul Mould, 54, of Slade Close, was found underneath the car by emergency services outside his own home on Friday July 1.

Mr Mould, a fraud investigator originally from Mansfield, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but died later that evening.

Derby and Derbyshire Coroners’ Court was told how Mr Mould had returned home at 12.35pm on July 1.

His inquest heard that as he was unloading shopping his red Ford Focus began to roll backwards down the slope of the drive.

PC Matthew Lacey, giving evidence, said examinations carried out showed there was no third party involvement or suspicious circumstances.

He said no-one had witnessed exactly what happened and there was also no CCTV footage.

PC Lacey said: “Mr Mould had returned home and was unloading shopping from the boot of his car and into his garage. The Ford began to roll back down the slope of the drive.

“We believe he ran towards the rear of the car and either tripped when trying to stop the Ford Focus or had been knocked over by the vehicle He then became trapped under the car and received fatal injuries.”

The hearing was told how Mr Mould played football, enjoyed running and had successfully completed the London Marathon in 2011.

Rachel Syed, assistant coroner for Derbyshire, said to his family: “It sounds like he was an extremely healthy and fit man?”

His wife Jaine replied: “Yes, he played football and was a regular runner.”

Dr Gurprit Atwal, who carried out the post mortem examination on Mr Mould, gave a cause of death as a crush injury to his chest. Toxicology results found no drugs or alcohol in his system.

PC Lacey said analysis of the scene and the vehicle found there was evidence that the handbrake had been applied but not enough to stop Mr Mould’s car rolling backwards down the 6.6 degree slope of the driveway.

He read out part of a witness statement by Craig Webb, a delivery driver who arrived in Slade Close two to three minutes after the accident.

PC Lacey said: “He said he arrived to deliver two parcels to a house in the close and saw Mr Mould was under the red Ford Focus.”

Miss Syed reached a conclusion of accidental death, saying: “A police investigation concluded that the handbrake on the car was partially on but the car began to roll down the slope of the driveway.

“It appears Mr Mould tried to stop the car and was tragically crushed. This was an extremely tragic accident.”