Tragic driver ‘stepped out’

Faizel Vohra
Faizel Vohra
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A well-known public relations officer – spotted dodging in front off heavy goods vehicles on the M6 moments before his death – took his own life, an inquest has ruled.

Faizel Vohra, 29, of Watling Street Road in Fulwood, Preston, died from multiple injuries after being hit by an HGV and several other vehicles on the northbound carriageway at Leyland, at 6pm on February 11.

Mr Vohra’s sister Samin Rafiq and brother Sadiq attended a hearing at Preston Coroner’s Court, in which several witnesses described seeing his car parked on the hard shoulder, with him stepping in front of two lorries before leaping back. His car was found to have no problems with it.

In written evidence, cattle wagon driver Christopher Gore said he had seen Mr Vohra with his arms “outstretched in a crucifix position” before he jumped back.

Moments later, the former Archbishop Temple School pupil turned to face oncoming traffic and held up his hands before a blue HGV struck him, the court heard.

Lorry driver Carl Swindlehurst added: “There was no time to react.”

Coroner Simon Jones heard an analysis of Mr Vohra’s mobile phone had shown texts to his wife Zaheda. PC Craig Booth told the inquest: “There was obviously a relationship breakdown, a clear sense of upset, and there’s a third person involved.”

Popular PR account manager Mr Vohra was a past student of Preston College and Lancaster University. In June 2011, he joined Leyland-based MTJ Associates, working on trade and consumer PR.

Director Anne Jackson said he had seemed “preoccupied” and the day before his death he had left early to address a family problem.