Man killed in A14 collision had just left mental health ward

Andrew Gibbins was a voluntary patient at the Wedgwood House mental health unit in Bury St Edmunds P

Andrew Gibbins was a voluntary patient at the Wedgwood House mental health unit in Bury St Edmunds Picture: ARCHANT

A 54-year-old man died after being hit by a lorry having only just left a mental health ward based at the West Suffolk Hospital site, an inquest heard.

Andrew Gibbins was involved in a collision with an HGV on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, January 15.

He had been a voluntary patient at the Wedgwood House mental health unit, run by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and based at the Hardwick Lane site, an inquest into his death at Suffolk Coroner's Court heard on Friday.

The Bury St Edmunds resident was captured on CCTV being escorted from the mental health ward to the acute assessment unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.

However, shortly afterwards he walked off the site - before being killed in the collision.

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Police and paramedics were sent to the scene of the incident at around 8.15pm on January 15.

Area coroner Jacqueline Devonish opened and adjourned the inquest for a full hearing due to take place between November 30 and December 1.

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Anyone who witnessed what happened or has relevant dash-cam footage is asked to contact Suffolk police quoting CAD number 401 of January 15.

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