South East Wales

Taxi driver Patrick Sturtivant died from 'unsurvivable brain injury'

A303 near Stonehenge Image copyright Google
Image caption Patrick Sturtivant was hit by a Mercedes on the the A303 near Stonehenge

A taxi driver who was hit by a car near Stonehenge died from an "unsurvivable brain injury caused by the collision", an inquest has heard.

Patrick Sturtivant, 37, from New Tredegar, Caerphilly county, was hit by a Mercedes on the A303 on 29 August.

He had been showing two US tourists where best to take photographs of the monument.

The inquest heard that the driver of the car was talking on his hands-free kit at the time of the collision.

Coroner David Ridley recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision.

He told Salisbury Coroners' Court: "It was a sad, untimely and tragic death."

He called for a review into how people use the byway to stop and look at the monument and suggested downgrading the road to a bridleway.

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