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Good samaritan named after fatal accident


4:48pm 7th December 2010
(Updated 3:43pm 8th December 2010)

A North Yorkshire man, who was killed on the icy roads whilst being a good samaritan, has now been named.

He was Paul Anthony Clarkson who was aged 57 and came from East Appleton near Richmond.

The inquest into his death was opened and adjourned today, Tuesday 7th December.

The 57 year old went to the aid of a driver whose car had crashed on the A6108 at Bellerby Bank, between Richmond and Leyburn, in North Yorkshire.

As he walked towards the incident another car, a Land Rover Freelander, skidded on the ice and crushed him onto his own vehicle.

He died at the Friarage Hospital on Thursday 9th December 2010.

Mr Clarkson had stopped to help recover a Vauxhall Corsa which had left the road and ended up in a ditch.

As the man was standing behind his vehicle, a Land Rover Defender, he was hit by the Freelander, which was travelling down Bellerby Bank, trapping him between the two vehicles.

The Defender was also shunted into the Corsa.

Mr Clarkson's wife, who was in the passenger seat of the Defender when it was struck, was not injured.  

The man driving the Corsa and the woman driving the Freelander escaped injury.

Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard said:

“This incident demonstrates just how treacherous the road conditions can become and the danger motorists can face. The melting snow can refreeze causing patches of black ice to form that are virtually invisible until it is too late.

“I urge drivers to take extra care when making journeys.

“I am also appealing to pedestrians to pay attention to vehicles around them. If a driver has to take sudden action, the vehicle may not behave as they expect. Although the edges of pavements may not be clear people should keep as far from the carriageway as possible.

“I ask that anyone who travelled along this stretch of road prior to the collision contacts the police as soon as possible so that we can establish what the road conditions were like at the time.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact Traffic Constable Mick Hancock, of the force’s Roads Policing Group, on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100207684.

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