Girl, 23, killed instantly by 60mph train as she climbed down on to tracks ‘to scare her boyfriend during argument’
A mother was killed by an express train travelling at 60mph after she climbed down on to railway tracks to ‘scare’ her boyfriend, an inquest heard yesterday.
Charlene Pickering, 23, got on to the tracks at Wimbledon station, south-west London, after arguing with boyfriend Daniel Pickett about what to do with the rest of their evening after she had downed four glasses of wine.
But because of disabilities, including a dropped foot she had sustained in an accident years earlier, she was stuck.
Platform supervisor Olu Owalabi tried desperately to help her to safety but, only four seconds later, Miss Pickering was killed instantly when she was hit by the high-speed train to Exeter.
The station worker remains ‘traumatised’ by his experience, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.
Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe yesterday recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
‘We are not ever going to know what was on her mind but I believe, on the balance of probabilities, this was an impulsive act whilst intoxicated as a result of some disagreement with her boyfriend,’ the coroner said.
‘I think this has been a very tragic combination of alcohol combined with impulsivity and strong will.’
In a statement Mr Owalabi, who could not attend court for medical reasons, said: ‘As I pulled her up a train came and hit her. That was the last time I saw her.’
He had already warned her about dangling her legs over the platform in actions the coroner noted was ‘dabbling in very dangerous practice’.