An UNEMPLOYED ex-soldier was killed when he was struck by a car while lying intoxicated on a main road in Newtownabbey, an inquest has heard.
Colin Weir (33), from Greyabbey Gardens, Monkstown, died at the scene when he and a friend who had been “play-fighting” were struck by a Skoda Fabia car on the Doagh Road on December 5, 2010.
A police sergeant told the inquest that the temperature was -2 degrees Celsius that night, with frost on the pavements and poor visibility.
Belfast Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Weir and two friends, Paul McPhee and Robert Crawford, had been walking home from the Cloughfern Arms before 11pm when they began “messing about”.
Mr Crawford described how his friends were play-fighting before the white Skoda appeared.
At around 10.50pm, outside the former Nortel factory, Mr Weir and one of his friends were struck by a Skoda Fabia car while they were lying on the Rathcoole-bound lane of the Doagh Road.
His friend was injured, but Mr Weir died instantly at the scene as a result of serious multiple injuries sustained in the collision.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Peter Ingram told the court that Mr Weir was heavily intoxicated with alcohol and under the influence of cocaine at the time.
Belfast Coroner Suzanne Anderson described the 33-year-old’s death as “a tragic accident and obviously a very shocking experience for everyone involved”.