A father-of-three who suffered fatal injuries after being run over by a car on his way home from the pub had high levels of alcohol in his blood, an inquest has heard.
Robert McDonnell, 29, died on April 1 last year after being run over on Martinsfield Road, Penwortham, a few hundred yards from his home in Gillibrand Close.
Preston Coroner’s Court heard that Mr McDonnell had been drinking at the Sumpter Horse pub on March 31 and police had been called to ask him to leave after pub staff became concerned about his behaviour.
Mark Beeson, who was duty manager at the Sumpter Horse at the time, told the court: “I remember Robert McDonnell coming into the pub with two friends and he said he had just opened a new car wash and was celebrating.
“But a bit later, he started getting aggressive so we tried to calm him down.
“He was falling out with customers and picking pints up that weren’t his and trying to drink them.
“We asked him to leave for his own good.”
The inquest heard pub staff asked Mr McDonnell’s step-brother to ask him to leave but, after he still refused, the police were called.
After talking to the police, Mr McDonnell went back inside to collect a carrier bag and then left.
It was later that night that he was discovered lying in the road. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but later died.
Dr Brian Rogers, consultant forensic and home office pathologist, carried out the post-mortem examination.
He described the extent of Mr McDonnell’s extensive internal and external injuries.
He said: “Almost all the injuries were to the right side of the body and that in my view was consistent with him lying on his left-hand side.
“I found no evidence of underlying problems so prior to this, I would say he was a healthy man.
“There was nothing to explain why he might have collapsed in the middle of the road.
“The toxicology report showed that at the time of his death, there was no evidence of therapeutic or illicit drugs.
“But he did have a very high level of alcohol with 249mg per 100ml of blood which is over three times the limit of driving.
“He was clearly very intoxicated.”
Dr Rogers told the court that the multiple injuries were consistent with one collision and were crushing type injuries.
He said: “From the moment this happened, he was essentially brain dead. His injuries were non survivable.”
The inquest continues.