A driver who saw a "shadow" appear out of the dark had no time to take evasive action, and his vehicle struck the pedestrian on Nelson's QEII Drive.
Michael Wixon's death was the result of a tragic accident, coroner Carla na Nagara said in her finding released today.
Mr Wixon, known as Rah, died when he was crossing the road 250 metres east of the roundabout at the intersection with Trafalgar St just after 7pm on September 25 last year.
The coroner's report says Mr Wixon waited for two vehicles travelling towards him from his right to pass, before stepping out onto the roadway. He failed to see a vehicle approaching from his left, and was struck by it, sustaining fatal injuries.
The driver saw what seemed to him to be a shadow suddenly appear out of the dark in front of him, moving from right to left. It happened so quickly that he did not have time to take evasive action before his vehicle struck the "shadow", which was Mr Wixon.
The accident was investigated by Constable Greg Taylor of the Tasman District Crash Investigation Unit who noted Mr Wixon was wearing dark clothing, and would have been difficult to see.
There was no evidence found at the scene to suggest that excessive speed was a cause in the crash.
The coroner said the driver had no opportunity to take effective evasive action. His ability to have seen Mr Wixon was adversely affected by the fact that he had just driven from the brightly artificially lit area into darkness, and there had been on-coming vehicles that would have affected his ability to see the side of the oncoming lane where Mr Wixon initially stood.
It was not clear why Mr Wixon crossed into the path of the vehicle. He was not affected by drugs and alcohol at the time he died.
"He had given way to the vehicles approaching from his right. It is possible that he had not seen the vehicle travelling behind another that pulled over, and having noted the vehicle pulling over, thought the way was clear. It does not however, explain his failure to see the vehicle when he was on or about the centre line; possibly he was simply not looking," the coroner said.
She found Mr Wixon died of severe head and chest injuries after being struck by the vehicle.
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