Matangi wedding guest death inquest opens
A Matangi man has described how a vehicle rose slightly in the air as it ran over what he later discovered was a Hastings man on a Waikato road last year.
William Gregory Hoskins, 26, was left injured and bleeding on the side of State Highway 1B, at the intersection with Bellevue Rd, after attending the wedding of his cousin, Erin Hoskins, and her fiance Oliver Cameron.
The first of a two day Coroner's inquest into the death of Mr Hoskins began in the Hamilton District Court today.
Coroner Garry Evans will hear evidence from 10 witnesses including from that of the driver, David Mascelle, and his wife, Ngaire - a commmunity magistrate based at Hamilton District Court.
Mr Mascelle was initially charged with careless driving causing death but that was later withdrawn by police.
Fonterra tanker driver Campbell Primmer was nearing his Marychurch Rd home when he saw the object, which was about 100m away.
However, it was only until he had pulled up alongside that he realised it was a body.
He immediately got out of his vehicle, checked the body, before grabbing his cellphone and calling 111. That call was received at 4.44am.
Mr Hoskins was gasping for breath when he knelt down, Mr Primmer said, and he saw blood coming from the back of his head and also his mouth.
Several other motorists also pulled up and stopped and helped with traffic management until emergency services arrived.
In his statement, Mr Primmer said there was usually good vision on that road as it was also well-lit thanks to the streetlight at Bellevue Rd.
But after being questioned by lawyer Mike Talbot - acting on behalf of the Mascelle family - he accepted that he only noticed there was an object on the road because he had seen Mr Mascelle's vehicle drive over something.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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