A WOMAN who left her house for the first time in months after shielding died after being hit by a reversing lorry which she didn't see until it was too late, an inquest heard.

Emergency services were called to Lynch Lane in Weymouth on November 16 last year following reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a lorry.

An inquest heard that Sarah Lewis, 62, of Weymouth, had been shielding and had not left her house since early March and was feeling anxious about venturing out that day to drop her car off for an MOT.

She had been waiting for a taxi in Lynch Lane then decided to cross the road and was hit as the lorry reversed out of McKay Close. A coroner said Ms Lewis was 'completely unaware of the lorry’s presence' after hearing that she was dealing with her mask which was tangled in her bag.

Ms Lewis was released from underneath the vehicle by firefighters but sadly died at the scene.

Dorset Echo: Emergency services' personnel were alerted to the scene on Lynch Lane. Picture: Michael TaylorEmergency services' personnel were alerted to the scene on Lynch Lane. Picture: Michael Taylor

The lorry had performed that particular manoeuvre due to the number of parked cars in the area.

The coroner noted that Dorset Council has since added yellow lines to the area in Lynch Lane to prevent too many cars parking there.

She also stated she would be writing to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, to ask him to consider making rear-view cameras on the back of large goods vehicles mandatory as concerns about this were raised by family members.

The inquest heard from the lorry driver, Karl Stanton who said he turned the radio off, checked his mirrors and checked the road around him but did not see Ms Lewis when he started to reverse. The lorry's lights were flashing and independent witnesses said they could hear the vehicle beeping as it reversed.

Mr Stanton said that manoeuvre was his only option due to the number of parked cars on the street at the time.

He said: “On that day I just could not see anybody at all.”

PC Kelvin Edge, a forensic collision investigator, said CCTV footage showed Ms Lewis step off the pavement after the lorry had already started its manoeuvre. She walked behind the lorry as it was reversing, putting her in the driver's blind spot. He said Ms Lewis seemed unaware of the lorry until it was too late.

Dorset Echo: Emergency services' personnel were alerted to the scene. Picture: Michael TaylorEmergency services' personnel were alerted to the scene. Picture: Michael Taylor

PC Edge said Mr Stanton had very few options and considered that he would have done the same manoeuvre.

PC Leanne Steedman, of the traffic unit, said that witnesses saw Ms Lewis under the lorry, alerted the driver and tried to comfort her until first responders arrived.

PC Steedman said that from the CCTV footage, Ms Lewis seemed to be "in a world of her own" and was dealing with her mask which was tangled in her bag at the time.

The court heard that it is possible that Mr Stanton was checking other mirrors when Ms Lewis stepped out behind his lorry, resulting in the devastating accident.

A post mortem by Dr Mark Lord said that the collision caused multiple injuries which were fatal. Dr Lord said there was also a very high level of Fluoxetine, a prescribed anti-depressant drug, in Ms Lewis’ system and that in his opinion this increased amount had been taken deliberately - but he could not say what the intention of this was.

Assistant coroner for Dorset, Debbie Rookes said there was no evidence Ms Lewis intended to take her life and that it appeared Ms Lewis was completely unaware of the lorry’s presence.

She said: “I am very pleased that double yellow lines have been added to the site to reduce the number of parked cars there.”

She concluded that Ms Lewis died from multiple injuries sustained from a road traffic collision and gave her condolences to all of Ms Lewis' family and friends.

Family and friends at the inquest described Ms Lewis affectionately as a woman who had a "wonderful sense of humour" and said that she will be missed by all those that were close to her.