A PENSIONER knocked down by a lorry as he walked on the M4 motorway died as the result of an accident, an inquest was told.

Peter Caswell, 75, inadvertently found himself on the motorway on October 18 last year, and was trying to cross when he was struck by the vehicle near Heston services.

The retired IT consultant of Perivale Lane was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by a lorry travelling westbound.

The 63-year-old man who was driving the HGV well below the speed limit at 53mph, stopped at the scene.  When he struck Mr Caswell, the lorry had slowed to 36mph as he had tried to stop.

According to pathologist Dr Olaf Biedrzycki at West London Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, Mr Caswell suffered extremely severe head injuries, a broken neck and fractured ribs on the left side of his body.

Gemma Parr, a witness travelling out of London on the M4, said: “From what I saw he was determined to get across. He was watching the road and the cars and it looked like there might be enough time to do it. My gut feeling was that he was looking for a gap and wanted to get to the other side.

“I thought he had got across but when I looked in my rear view mirror I saw that he had been knocked down.”

In a statement read to the court, Mr Caswell’s daughter said: “I last spoke to him on the phone about four hours before he died. There were no problems and he did not seem worried about anything.

“He did sometimes get confused. He must have been confused trying to get somewhere and did not realise how dangerous it was. He would see a gap in the traffic and just want to cross. I used to tell him to be more careful and not take risks.”

His daughter, who was away at Reading University when her father died, added: “He would always walk or take the bus, he never drove. He was a bit of an activist who would go to museums and loved nature.

“He was intelligent, always doing something, and had a lot of friends who he kept in touch with from all over the place.”

Coroner Dr Sean Cummings recorded a verdict of accidental death.