Jersey man hit by car in France died of infection


A Jersey man hit by a car driven by a drunk in France died of an infection after treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, an inquest has heard.

Michael Jeffery Cotterill, 60, from Grouville, was on a pedestrian crossing in Rennes last August when he was hit.

The Viscount's Department in St Helier heard that the driver was three times over the drink-drive limit and already had convictions for drink-driving.

Mr Cotterill died from peritonitis in Jersey Hospital where he was treated.

Hospital blameless

The driver of the car, who pleaded guilty to drinking and driving, was sentenced to four years in prison.

The inquest was told that Mr Cotterill was transferred from France to Jersey and was treated in the intensive care unit.

The Viscount's department was told that he was fitted with a feeding tube but that it became dislodged as a result of his injuries and ended up poisoning his body.

Mr Cotterill also suffered from diabetes which contributed to his death, the inquest heard on Thursday.

However, the inquest was also told that Mr Cotterill's condition was monitored regularly during his time at Jersey Hospital and that the treatment he received there played no part in his death in September last year.

Part of the medical evidence in the inquest was given via videolink from France.

Deputy Viscount, Peter De Gruchy recorded a narrative verdict ruling that "Mr Cotterill died in the General Hospital on 2 September 2009 from generalised peritonitis due to perforation of his stomach.

He added that this was "in association with a dislodged gastrostomy tube - this being a complication of necessary therapy from a severe head injury he had suffered when he was hit by a car driven by a drunken driver in Rennes in the very early hours of 1 August 2009."

Mr De Gruchy also said that "diabetic mellitus also contributed to the death."

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