AN INQUEST has heard how a man was accidentally killed by a lorry as he walked along a stretch of road near Pentrich.
Wayne Parsonage, 28, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, was struck by a heavy goods vehicle as he walked along the A38 northbound carriageway near the village on October 30, last year.
At a hearing at the Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners’ Court on Thursday, family members heard how the driver of the vehicle did not see Mr Parsonage, who had been out drinking.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputy Coroner Louise Pinder recorded a verdict of accidental death at the hearing.
Mr Parsonage played for Nottinghamshire County Pool Association’s A team and had a wife, Tanya and a two-year-old son Jack.
He was ranked at number four in the county at his peak and he also joined the International Professional Pool Players’ Association tour, where he competed regularly against top international players.
Since his death several tributes had been placed on a forum for the Cue Club International website, of which Mr Pasonage was a member.
Friend and competitor Martin White wrote in the weeks after his death: “Tragic news, always seems to be the good ones that get taken too soon.
My thoughts and condolences go to his friends and family.”