South Yorkshire tragedy of depressed dad who missed his children

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A DAD pining for his children on the other side of the world became so depressed he jumped from a South Yorkshire motorway bridge into the path of a chemicals tanker.

Jobless plasterer Shaun Cocking died from horrific injuries when he was run over by two lorries on the southbound carriageway of the M18.

Witnesses told a Doncaster inquest he fell from a bridge into the tanker’s path.

Mr Cocking, aged 44, of Harvey Close, Finningley, hit the front of the cab and was crushed underneath before being run over by the other truck on June 3 last year.

The tanker driver - 40-year-old Kevin Owens, from Teesside - has been so badly affected he was too distressed to attend the inquest.

In a statement he said: “All of a sudden something fell in front of my screen. My first impression was someone had thrown a dummy down. There was a big bang and a person went under my vehicle and I felt a number of bumps under my cab.”

Mr Cocking’s older brother David, from Swinton, said he left his wife, Lisa and their two daughters in Australia because he couldn’t settle there and was depressed because he was missing the children a lot .

“He was very down and we told him to go back to Australia to be nearer them,” he said.

Recording a verdict of suicide, Deputy Coroner Fred Curtis said there was no doubt of intentions because of mental health problems related to his difficulty in deciding where to live and his children.