A dreadful tragedy occurred when a driver saw a pensioner collapse on a drive and raced to his aid, but forgot to apply the handbrake.
77 year-old Phil Ramsell collapsed in a driveway after dropping off a relative at retirement complex in Henley-on-Thames; his collapse was seen by a passing driver who stopped her car to help straight away.
However, the would-be good Samaritan forgot to put the handbrake of her Honda CRV on, with the result that her car rolled into Mr Ramsell, killing him.
Emergency services were quickly on the scene and specialist equipment was used to lift the car and release Mr Ramsell, but paramedics were unable to save his life.
A post-mortem has been carried out by a Home Office pathologist, but the results proved inconclusive and as of today, police officers are waiting to speak to the car driver who is believed to have known the victim and was left very distressed by the accident.
An inquest into Mr Ramsell’s death will shortly be opened and adjourned while tests and investigations are carried out. A spokesman for the Thames Valley Police said: “The driver of the car is co-operating with police but has yet to be formally interviewed.” The officer appealed for witnesses to come forward.
A neighbour who lives in the road where the tragic accident happened described Mr Ramsell, who was a keen cyclist, as: “very gentle and considerate” and added: “I think everybody is very shocked, it’s a horrible thing to happen.”