A young dad’s last message before he died after he walked onto the M1 motorway and was struck by a van has been shared at his inquest.
Levi Thompson’s body was found on the northbound carriageway on the M1 motorway near Sheffield, just two days after his 24th birthday on April 15, last year.
On the night of his death, he went to his friend’s house at around 1.30 am.
About an hour later, Levi left a voicemail on his mum’s phone saying: “Look after my brothers. Love you, bye.”
She tried to call him back and text him but got no response.
A short time later, the family was given the devastating news.
The inquest held at Doncaster Coroners Court heard that in the months leading up to his death, family and friends noticed that his dependence on drugs – particularly cocaine – had got worse and begged him to get help.
Levi was found to have alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis in his system at the time of his death.
His medical cause of death was given as multiple injuries.
He was dad to a five-year-old little girl and was described by his mother as a “really good father” to his daughter who “meant the world to him”.
Darrell McPherson, a forensic collision investigator for South Yorkshire Police, said it was more likely that Mr. Thompson had walked into the road rather than jumped from a bridge.
Evidence was read out in court from a delivery driver who was driving along that section of the M1 at around 3.10 am that morning.
He said that he was a mile away from the A57 turn off when he heard a “loud bang” and saw his driver’s wing mirror was hanging off.
He said in his statement that he couldn’t see anything in the road and thought it most likely that someone had thrown something at his vehicle.
As it was a smart motorway, he had no hard shoulder to pull into so he carried on with his journey.
Shortly after that, other HGV drivers noticed a body in the road and phoned 999.
Police concluded that it was likely that this impact caused the fatal injury but there was nothing that the driver could have done.
Reading her conclusion, Assistant Coroner Louise Slater said: “It is clear from evidence Levi was part of a large family and he was very close to his mum, dad, and siblings.
“He was a dad and he played an active role in his daughter’s life.
“It is also clear from the evidence that Levi suffered from some recent difficulties, certainly in his personal relationships.
“In the early part of 2020, his drug use started to change to more of a dependency.
“In the days leading up to his death, it is clear he had a couple of disagreements with a few people. However, he was under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis and that can alter someone’s mental state.”
Recording a narrative verdict, the coroner said: “I am satisfied that Levi died as a result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle on the northbound carriageway on the M1.“He walked between lanes two and three under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis.”
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