Accidental death verdict after Doncaster man hit by train

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The death of a Doncaster man killed after being hit by a train has been classed as accidental.

But coroner Geoffrey Saul told an inquest into the tragedy he could not definitely say if the death was an accident.

The body of 34-year-old Steven Fawley, of St James Street, Doncaster, was found by the side of the track 400 metres from Adwick Railway Station in the early hours of January 8 this year.

His injuries were predominantly to his back and also major internal organ damage.

A report from British Transport Police constable Wayne Pickett said: “I have reached the conclusion that he was struck and killed by a train as he walked north from Doncaster to Carcroft in complete darkness.

“There was no third party involved.”

Mr Saul recorded a verdict of accidental death and said: “In the past he had talked to his mother about self harm but he never did so. There is no evidence that this was ever his firm intention.”

The coroner added Mr Fawley’s footwear was clean, indicating he had not walked through muddy fields on the other side of the track prior to the incident.

Mr Saul said: “He would often walk along the railway tracks as means of direct access.

“The point was made that it’s often difficult to hear the approach of an oncoming train especially if the wind is in your face, plus he was wearing a hooded top at the time.

“The level of alcohol in his blood suggests that his motoring and cognitive responses would have been slower, he would have been less able to judge and act quickly.

“There’s been no history of self harm.

“I do think it probably was an accident, but I’m not sure it definitely was.”