Train driver left unable to cope after hitting suicidal pedestrian kills himself

A train driver killed himself after hitting a suicidal pedestrian, an inquest heard.

Scott Walker, from Hull, was found dead after police broke into his four bedroom house on November 2 last year.

The dad-of-two had started drinking heavily after the train he was driving had hit the pedestrian, Hull Coroner's Court heard.

Mr Walker, 43, was so traumatised that his relationship broke down, Hull Live reports.

His heartbroken ex-partner told the hearing: "After the train accident, which was confirmed as a suicide in January 2018, it really affected Scott. He was never the same after that.

"He would drink heavily and have a temper. He would usually send me abusive messages.

"It was on October 1, a month before Scott's death, that I decided to move out of the family home with our two children."

Mr Walker worked at Arriva Trains Northern as well as working as a bus driver and in the printing department at the Yorkshire Evening Post.

His GP said Mr Walker had explained he was "of low mood" but had no intention of taking his own life during a visit in July 2018. He had complained of having anxiety and depression and was given medication.

He had needed several weeks off work after the train accident but was going back to work while being paired up with another driver.

He was also being supported by London North Eastern Railway (LNER) following the death on the track, the inquest was told.

Mr Walker was found clutching a note, police told the inquest.

Dr Laszlo Karsai, consultant histopathologist at Hull Royal Infirmary, told the hearing the medical cause of death was "drug poisoning".

Humberside Police officer PC Steven Wood said there was no evidence of third party involvement or suspicious circumstances surrounding Scott's death.

Area Coroner Rosemary Baxter concluded the inquest into Scott's death as suicide.

She said: "He had anxiety and depression since the train accident and recently had split from his partner. I find his many personal problems overcame him at the end and he wanted to take his life by his own hand."

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