Local News & Archive — July 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm — Updated: July 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Rhyl cafe manager’s death ‘avoidable’

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An inquest into the death of a Rhyl cafe manager has returned a narrative verdict.

Mike Juha from Dyserth was hit by a car on the Rhuddlan bypass while walking on the dual carriageway last September. The 36 year-old had been on a night out with friends but strayed from the group.

The Ruthin hearing was told Mr Juha, who had moved from the Czech Republic to the UK in 2005, had more than twice the drink-drive limit of alcohol in his blood when he was struck. He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Another car, driven by Ella Bennett, doubled back when it appeared she had seen someone in dark clothing walking along the middle of the A525 and drinking.

She flashed the lights to warn an oncoming vehicle, but by the time her car returned, Mr Juha had already been hit by a car driven by Stephen Davies, an HGV driver.

Davies told police he was driving in the nearside lane on his way to work when something suddenly appeared in front of him, just as he hit it. He said the incident had badly affected him and he had to undergo counselling as a result.

PC Brian Grocott from North Wales Police said there was no evidence that Davies had exceeded the speed limit but was driving at anywhere between 66 and 80mph. He added the collision was avoidable, but because Mr Juha was wearing dark clothing and the driver’s headlights were dipped, there would have been not enough time to stop.

Coroner John Gittins concluded that Mr Juha, who ran the Harbour Hub cafe for two years, died as a result of a road traffic collision.

 

 

Source: Daily Post

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