Mother-of-two, 25, died when she was hit by oncoming traffic after plunging from a bridge above a busy road
- Brooke Lauren Wilson died when she fell from road bridge and was hit by traffic
- Prior to Brooke’s death a lorry driver saw her lying on the side of the road
- An inquest heard she had been ‘upset’ and drinking with a friend before she died
A ‘much loved mother-of-two’ died when she was hit by oncoming traffic after falling from a road bridge, an inquest heard.
Brooke Lauren Wilson had been ‘upset’ the day before she died and visited a friend where they both drank alcohol.
Brooke’s body was discovered on the westbound carriageway of the A174 Parkway near Ormesby, Middlesbrough the next day.
Brooke Lauren Wilson, left, died when she was hit by oncoming traffic after falling from a road bridge. She is pictured with her sister Victoria
The inquest at Teesside Coroner’s Court heard that after falling from the bridge, the 25-year-old was seen lying on the road and ‘waving her arm’ by a lorry driver in the early hours of March 17.
But Brooke was sadly killed soon after being hit by several travelling vehicles.
A post-mortem found that Brooke, who had a high level of Codeine in her system at the time, died as a result of multiple injuries, including an unsurvivable head injury.
Brooke, who worked as a care assistant and had recently broken up with her partner, was said to have told the friend she drank with that she was ‘determined to be the best mother ever’.
Later, Brooke got a taxi back to her home in Longlands and was last seen on CCTV using a cash machine and walking along Marton Road before disappearing out of sight.
A lorry driver who was driving along the road in the early hours told police he had to swerve out of the way after seeing Brooke ‘waving her arm’.
Brooke, who had attempted suicide on two previous occasions, was subsequently hit by commuters including a firefighter who was on his way to work.
One person even faced court action after driving through a road block police had set up after the incident was reported. The driver hit Brooke before fleeing from the scene.
Brooke’s body was discovered on the westbound carriageway of the A174 Parkway near Ormesby after she fell from the roadbridge. Tributes were left at it afterwards, pictured
At the inquest Brooke’s sister Victoria, who she is pictured with, read out an emotional tribute
Giving evidence at the inquest, Detective Inspector Matt Hollingsworth said that an apple juice bottle recovered from a nearby bridge over the A174 had traces of Brooke’s DNA.
He added that it was ‘highly unlikely she was thrown from the bridge’ and that police recovered a hand-written note from her home which mentioned her sadness and that ‘no one will ever understand how my mind works’.
Assistant coroner Jo Wharton said it would never be known if Brooke jumped or fell from the bridge and so would not be making a ruling of suicide.
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She said: ‘Brooke was a much-loved mother and a beautiful person who was loved by her family and friends.
‘We do not know if she fell or jumped, but she was still alive on the road before being hit by oncoming traffic.’
She concluded that Brooke died from ‘injuries sustained from falling from a bridge and being hit by oncoming traffic’.
At the inquest Brooke’s sister Victoria read out an emotional tribute.
She said: ‘Brooke was a beautiful person – both inside and out. She was loved by her family and friends.
‘Although she is no longer with us in person that love continues and will never fade.
‘Growing up Brooke was a very happy girl. We had lots of fun together and looking back I imagined that happy life would continue.
‘She and her partner made a home together at dad’s, and had two children.
‘Although they parted they shared care of their children who know they are loved so very much.
‘I am sure that those who were lucky enough to count her as family or friend will treasure their own memories of beautiful Brooke.’
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