Driver stopped to check car

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Last updated 12:55 24/07/2013
William Gregory Hoskins
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INQUIRY: A Coroner's inquest into William Gregory Hoskins' death is being held in the Hamilton District Court.

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CCTV footage from a Cambridge service station showed the driver of a vehicle which hit and killed a Hastings man stopping briefly to check his car.

The evidence was shown to Coroner Garry Evans on the second day of an inquest held before Coroner Garry Evans in the Hamilton District Court today.

William Gregory Hoskins, 26, died after being struck by a vehicle on State Highway 1B, at the intersection with Bellevue Rd, after attending his cousin's wedding nearby on January 15, 2012.

Officer-in-charge of the investigation, Detective Will Loughrin took to the stand and said David Mascelle's actions at the BP Service Station at Cambridge were not suspicious, as he only got out of his vehicle to check the front right and rear of his trailer before driving off again.

Mr Mascelle, who had wife, Ngaire, in the passenger seat, pulled into the station at 4.57am.

A fluid was also found at the scene of Mr Hoskin's death with a sample taken by Mr Loughrin as it was thought it could be urine.

However, a test was not undertaken as he was informed that it was likely from a police car which had parked too close to the scene.

But Coroner Evans said he wanted finality on the issue and ordered Mr Loughrin to get the sample tested by ESR.

After examination of witnesses and Mr Hoskins' phone including his last text messages which were to family asking for a ride home, Mr Loughrin said he was able to rule out suicide as a possibility.

A post mortem revealed that Mr Hoskin's injuries were most likely suffered while he was low or close to the ground. 

However, the pathologist ruled it wasn't possible to exclude that he was upright when struck.

ESR scientists carried out forensic tests on pieces of Mascelle's vehicle at the scene.

As for why a charge of careless driving causing death was withdrawn by police, Mr Loughrin said that was the final decision made by the national police prosecutions office in Welington together with its legal team who had access to all documents gathered.

Yesterday, former Waikato-based serious crash unit analyst Constable Rebecca Dearing was asked by Coroner Evans why the issue of lighting was not taken into consideration for a crash that occurred about 4.40am.

Yesterday, Ms Dearing was asked why the weight of Mr Mascelle's load on his late-model Ford Falcon ute and trailer - 800kg - was not taken into account into the effectiveness of the vehicle's headlights.

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"I'm not qualified to say how much that would effect the lighting or not," she said.

The court also heard Mr Mascelle's trailer did not have a WOF, which it would have failed anyway because it did not have working brakes.

But the biggest questions hung over lighting and why the illumination from a streetlight - which stood roughly 10m away from Mr Hoskins' body - was not taken into consideration when compiling her report.

- Waikato

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