William Gregory Hoskins

Are coroners a special kind of stupid?

I despair with coroners in this country.

They come out with all sorts of bizarre recommendations and the latest one is no different.

A coroner is calling for better regulations of headlights following the death of a drunk man who was run over lying on a rural Hamilton road at night.

Hastings man William Gregory Hoskins was killed on January 15, 2012, after he was struck by a car on Marychurch Road in the early hours of the morning.

It is not known how he came to be lying on the road, Coroner Gary Evans said in findings released today.

Hoskins had travelled to Hamilton with family to attend a cousin’s wedding, and had been drinking at the reception.

A test found he had alcohol in his blood at a level of 190 milligrams per 100 millilitres, over twice the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers.

He had also smoked the equivalent of a single cannabis cigarette in the hours before his death, which may have accentuated the effects of alcohol, a report said.

In the hour before his death, Hoskin had texted his father and stepmother asking to pick him up and take him back to the motel they were staying at.

He was last seen at the reception about 4.25am, when he apparently left to walk back to the motel.

About 4.45am, his body was found by a motorist. He was alive but unconscious, and died shortly after paramedics arrived.  Read more »