A PEDESTRIAN was killed by a drink driver after running across the road without looking, an inquest has heard.
Gurmakh Singh, of Purcell House, Southall, ran across busy Church Road in Northolt on April 13 last year.
The married 51-year-old died at the scene after being hit by a black Audi. The hearing heard how he hit the kerb with such impact it sounded like 'two bricks smashing together'.
Despite efforts to resuscitate him, Mr Singh suffered 'extensive injuries' and died at the scene.
Lithuanian driver, Tolvydas Pratusevicius, was later found to be over the drink drive limit, but Fulham Coroner's Court heard that no evasive action could have been taken to prevent the collision.
Tolvydas Pratusevicius said he saw a shadow of a man before his windscreen shattered and his girlfriend started screaming after realising what had happened.
"I touched him and there was a great amount of blood coming from his mouth.
"I had been drinking the night before, but I felt okay and there was nothing to suggest I was over the limit."
He pleaded guilty to drink driving and received a 12 month ban and was fined £575.
Lee Ellis, who was driving behind the car at 9.30am, told the inquest he saw two men almost running across the dual carriageway.
Mr Ellis, who was visiting the area for the first time, said: "They were focused on the parked cars rather than moving traffic.
"They made their way through a staggered crossing and the older of the two just ran straight out to try and get the bus.
"He was thrown high into the air and came down with real force and his friend was grabbing him, trying to get him up."
Another witness, travelling on the opposite side of the road, said the lights were green for motorists.
Janine Pittiglio said: "I thought, 'what were they doing walking out like that and had they not seen the car coming?'.
"He landed right by my car, hitting his head on the kerb."
Coroner Lorna Tagliavini recorded a verdict of death following a road traffic collision.
Summing up, she said: "Mr Singh did not use the button to activate the pedestrian crossing and stepped out into an oncoming car.
"This car was not being driven at excessive speed and no evasive action could have been taken to prevent hitting him.
"Mr Singh suffered extensive injuries and died at the scene."