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Inquest hears man walked into lorry’s path

Faizel Vohra

Faizel Vohra

A well known public relations officer who was spotted dodging in front off heavy goods vehicles on the M6, moments before his death, took his own life an inquest has ruled.

Tragic Faizel Vohra, 29, of Watling Street Road in Fulwood, Preston, died from multiple injuries after being hit by a HGV and several other vehicles on the northbound carriageway at Leyland, at 6pm on February 11.

Mr Vohra’s sister Samin Rafiq and brother Sadiq attended a hearing at Preston Coroner’s Court in which several witnesses described seeing his car parked on the hard shoulder, with him stepping in front of two lorries before leaping back.

His car was found to have no problem.

In written evidence cattle wagon driver Christopher Gore said he had seen him with his arms “outstretched in a crucifix position” before he jumped back.

Moments later, the former Archbishop Temple School pupil turned to face oncoming traffic and held up his hands before a blue HGV struck him, the court heard.

Lorry driver Carl Swindlehurst described hearing a loud thud and added: “There was no time to react.”

Coroner Simon Jones heard analysis of Mr Vohra’s mobile phone had shown texts to his wife Zaheda.

PC Craig Booth said: “ There was obviously a relationship breakdown, a clear sense of upset, and there’s a third person involved.”

The public relations account manager was a past pupil of Preston College and Lancaster University, where he gained a degree in English Language and the Media and in June 2011, he joined Leyland-based MTJ Associates, working on trade and consumer PR. Director Anne Jackson said he had seemed “preoccupied” and the day before his death had left early to address a family problem.

 

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