86-year-old Scunthorpe man died after car hit by police answering armed robbery call
A man died after his car was involved in a collision with a police vehicle on an emergency call, an inquest heard.
Scunthorpe-born Harold Kilmore was involved in the collision on October 21 last year between his Vauxhall Agila and a Mercedes Sprinter Humberside Police van.
Mr Kilmore, 86, who lived at the April Lodge Retirement Home on Frodingham Road, died in Scunthorpe General Hospital on November 1.
The inquest heard that retired steelworker Mr Kilmore had visited the Coral bookmakers on Frodingham Road minutes before the accident and had parked his car in a bay on the street.
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Meanwhile, Humberside police officer Alexander Park was responding to a call about a suspected armed robbery on Scunthorpe High Street and was travelling along Frodingham Road from a call at Avenue Vivian.
CCTV footage was shown at the inquest of Mr Kilmore pulling out of the parking bay before the two vehicles collided.
The inquest heard that after the impact, the two vehicles collided with parked cars on Frodingham Road.
A post-mortem carried out by Dr Lorraine Sheehan at Lincolnshire County Hospital revealed the cause of death was multiple injuries, with a contributory factor of old age.
After the inquest, Mr Kilmore's eldest daughter Jenny Dolby, 63, said it was devastating when the family found out what had happened.
She said: "He was a great dad to us all.
"He just loved life and most people that met him got on well with him.
"He lived life to the full.
"It was so tragic because of the way it happened and it was so sudden."
Mr Kilmore's other daughter Rosemary McGarrigle, 57, said the loss was hard to deal with.
She said: "He could have lived longer, as he was quite a healthy bloke.
"It is hard because it is such a tragic accident."
On the same day her father died, Rosemary had received the news that she would be able to move into a house in Ruskington with her father.
She said: "He was going to help me move in and he was going to give me the money as well.
"I did not get chance to tell him the news before."
Colin Andrews, the operations chief superintendent who was involved in the investigation, said: "We extend our sympathies to the family.
"It is an absolute tragedy."
A jury returned a unanimous verdict of accidental death.