Tragic driver left letters of apology
A lorry driver left letters of apology before he hanged himself at a Newmarket haulage company depot.
Gary Cund, of New Road, Studley in Warwickshire, was found dead at his lorry parked at Turners (Soham) Ltd on October 31 last year, an inquest at Wisbech heard on Wednesday.
North and East Cambridgeshire coroner Dr William Morris said the 44-year-old lorry driver, who worked for Evesham-based company Spiers and Hartwell, was found with a letter addressed to him from a solicitor in respect of his divorce or separation from his wife, Deborah Wedgebury.
Dr Morris said the dead man was also found with three letters which he said had been written as apologies for the “shame and hurt” Mr Cund said he had caused” including one that began “Sorry, mate, but I just can’t do this any more”.
The hearing heard Mr Cund had arrived at the depot at about 10.30pm the previous night and parked in a rear yard used for storing trailers.
In a statement, Turners (Soham) Ltd employee Paul Price said he had received a message at 7.50am to wake up Mr Cund because he was running late and his transport company was trying to contact him.
“I went to the vehicle and started banging on the door to try and wake the driver up, however, on this occasion there was no response,” said Mr Price.
He said he looked inside the cab before walking around the lorry where he found Mr Cund outside the vehicle on the passenger side.
“I felt instantly shocked,” he said. “I could see that this was a real and a tragic incident. I checked his pulse to see if I could cut him down and save him, but there was no pulse. I was shaking like a leaf from the shock of it all.”
Recording a verdict of suicide, Dr Morris said Mr Cund’s death was a “very sad matter”.
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