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Tunbridge Wells man died after he fell and hit head on pavement

By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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A DISABLED Tunbridge Wells man died after he fell backwards and hit his head on the pavement after struggling to open his front door, an inquest has heard.

Jason Gregory, of Norman Road, died on July 29 last year from head injuries after returning to his home from the pub at just after 9pm.

The 39-year-old, who suffered with muscular dystrophy, had been drinking in The Black Horse in Camden Road before returning home.

Mr Gregory was trying to open his front door when it is believed he fell backwards and hit his head.

The coroner was told Mr Gregory was only one and a half times the drink-drive limit and alcohol was unlikely to have played a part.

Sergeant Andrew Nash told the inquest that two men had noticed Mr Gregory lying on the pavement and had at first thought he was drunk. They tried to resuscitate him and called an ambulance but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Nash said Mr Gregory's sister Michelle told him her brother was "always happy, accepting his illness and getting on with it".

West Kent coroner Roger Hatch recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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