A retired teacher died after being run over on a dark road when he collapsed moments after getting off a bus metres from his home.
Meirion Lloyd, who was 74, was seen on CCTV thanking the driver then stepping off the bus and walking around the back of the vehicle as he made him way home.
Emergency services were called to a collision involving a Renault Clio car and a pedestrian in Neath Road in Ystradgynlais just after 9pm on March 30 last year.
The inquest, held in Pontypridd, was told Mr Lloyd got off the bus and was crossing the road to his house when he collapsed in the dark carriageway and was run over by a car.
Philip Vranch, of New Adventure Travel bus company, said Mr Lloyd’s last moments were caught on CCTV. He talked to the driver as he got off the bus at 8.57pm. He was seen walking around the bus and went out of sight in the darkness as it pulled away.
Clio driver Martin Grove said he had not seen the man lying in the road as it was dark and the man was wearing dark clothes. He was given a roadside breath test which confirmed he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
He said: “I was coming up the hill, driving past the bus stop, when I saw a person lying in the road. By the time I saw him it was too late.”
Mr Grove said he was not driving quickly and he braked but could not stop in time. He immediately got out of his car.
“I rang for an ambulance straight away,” he added. “They said to do CPR so I started that. Two other people I didn’t know turned up and started to help.”
Aneurin Bevin, who was driving a Ford Focus, confirmed the road surface was dry. He said there was some street lighting but it was dark.
He said: “I saw a man on the phone waving one hand in the air. I could see somebody lying on their back in the middle of the road. The man was talking to the ambulance, saying: ‘I think he’s dead.’”
Mr Bevin said he had some first aid training so he started to help with chest compressions. He said: “I could see his chest was not moving.”
Another man stopped and helped with the CPR. He said the man on the phone seemed “shaken up”. Mr Bevin added: “I felt I did all I could for the male. I could not see any signs of life when I arrived.”
Mr Lloyd suffered “severe” facial injuries. Two police officers continued to give CPR until the ambulance arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Forensic collision investigator Aled Thomas found the Clio’s tyres were appropriately inflated and there were no defects or maintenance problems that could have contributed to the collision.
He concluded the car went over Mr Lloyd while he was on the floor and did not collide with him while he was upright. The damage was to the lower part of the car.
Mr Lloyd’s GP said he had a history of heart problems and “funny turns”.
Pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbeatter found injuries to the neck and chest. He said they were in keeping with him being “run over” while he was on the ground and there was no evidence he was hit while standing or walking.
A toxicology report found Mr Lloyd had 89mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The coroner noted the level of alcohol was “not excessive” and said: “We are not looking at inebriation as the reason why he collapsed.”
The pathologist found the medical cause of death to be blunt force injury to the trunk, including disruption to the vertebral column and heart.
The inquest was told it was not known if Mr Lloyd collapsed due to dizziness or a heart attack.
Nephew Rhodri Lloyd said: “He was a loving and caring uncle who was a genuinely nice human being. He loved the environment, he loved where he lived, he loved the countryside.”
He said his uncle was a “proud Welshman” and described him as intelligent and articulate. He was well-read and liked jazz and also spoke Spanish and enjoyed travelling.
Mr Lloyd, who was not married, worked as an art teacher and a public servant before caring for his mother for many years.
Rhodri Lloyd said despite some problems his uncle was generally a fit person who tried to lead a healthy lifestyle. He had “battled through” cardiac problems and was lively, playing table tennis last time he saw him.
Assistant coroner Dr Sarah-Jane Richards said the circumstances of his collapse remained “unclear” but there was no fault on the part of the car driver. She recorded a conclusion of death due to a road traffic collision.
In a tribute issued after his death Mr Lloyd’s family said: “Meirion Huw Lloyd was a loving, doting uncle to his niece Catherine and nephew Rhodri and a doting great-uncle to Megan, Izzy and Rhodri William, who he always adorned with carefully considered gifts.
“He had worked as a teacher and civil servant before becoming a carer for his mother, Lilian Lloyd, living in Forest View, Neath Road, Ystradgynlais, for 35 years.
“The son of William Herbert Lloyd, Meirion was the proud, younger brother of David Tudor Lloyd and they were brought up in Seven Sisters.
“Meirion was a talented musician and had a keen interest in culture and Welsh sport, notably supporting Swansea City FC and Glamorgan CC.
“Meirion had always enjoyed walking and was a regular visitor to Swansea and Mumbles.
“On Saturday, March 30, Meirion had returned from a trip there but the day ended tragically only yards from his home.”