Publican facing jail took own life, inquest told
A former publican "deliberately ran" in front of a refuse lorry just hours before he was expected to be jailed, an inquest heard.
Jeremy Bulloch died in hospital from the multiple injuries he suffered in the crash on the B582, near Enderby.
The collision happened at about 7am on Monday, November 11.
He had been due before Leicester Crown Court for sentencing later that same morning.
An inquest into the 42-year-old's death, held yesterday at Leicester Town Hall, heard how Mr Bulloch had been "concerned" about his pending imprisonment and "very emotional" in the weeks beforehand.
Coroner Martin Gotheridge , who recorded a verdict of suicide, heard evidence from eyewitnesses to the crash, including the driver of the refuse lorry.
Driver Wayne Bradford said: "I remember this chap running out. He was looking at me.
"I hit the brakes and swerved as hard as I could, but there was nothing I could do."
Several other witnesses described seeing something they later discovered to be a man "shooting out" into the road in front of the lorry.
The inquest heard that Mr Bulloch had been living in a van after moving out of the Merrie Monk pub, in Dunton Bassett, near Lutterworth, in September, after separating from his partner.
Evidence was also produced of a text message sent from Mr Bulloch to his ex-partner in the hours before the crash which included the sentence: "I am sorry I have to leave you."
After recording his verdict, Mr Gotheridge said it was clear Mr Bulloch was "considerably disturbed" and that he had deliberately run into the path of the lorry.