Hit and run death was an accident

PUBLISHED: 09:38 31 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

John Erentrauts

John Erentrauts

THE death of a grandfather, who died after a hit and run, has been described as an accident. Musician John Erentrauts, who once played with The Who, was lying in the road when he was hit by Kristina Lucas red car. But the frightened woman did not report

THE death of a grandfather, who died after a hit and run, has been described as an accident.

Musician John Erentrauts, who once played with The Who, was lying in the road when he was hit by Kristina Lucas' red car.

But the frightened woman did not report the accident, claiming she thought she hit a log or a barrel.

Hatfield-born John had been enjoying a night out at Harpenden Rugby Club with drinking buddy Ian Price.

An inquest into the death yesterday (Wednesday) heard that he had drunk around 20 pints before attempting to walk home alone.

Witnesses saw him staggering along Redbourn Lane shortly after 1am on July 1 last year.

It is believed he collapsed or fell and was lying in the road.

Witness Winston Rollins who was driving on the opposite side if the road, said he saw a red car hit Mr Erantrauts and swerve towards him.

He told the court: "The car had no intention of stopping whether it was an accident or not."

Kristina Lucas told the court she was shocked to see an "inanimate object" in the road and tried to avoid it but could not.

She pulled over and checked her car, but did not go back to see what she had hit, or call the police.

It was not until she saw the article in our St Albans-based sister paper The Herts Advertiser that she realised what she thought was a barrel was actually John Erentrauts.

Deputy assistant coroner Frances Cranfield recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by multiple injuries.

She said: "Scientific evidence has connected her [Kristina Lucas] car with the accident.

"It is clear that anybody driving at 40mph couldn't have avoided the collision with the time and distance available.

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