South East Wales

Man killed by bus in Ogmore-by-Sea after row

Arturs Jevplanovs Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Arturs Jevplanovs with girlfriend Bee Omsap Sa-nguanbun

A warehouse worker was killed when he stepped in front of a bus moments after a row with his girlfriend, an inquest in Cardiff has heard.

Arturs Jevplanovs, 24, of Bridgend, was leaving a pub in Ogmore-by-Sea, Vale of Glamorgan, on 29 May when the bus hit him.

Latvian-born Mr Jevplanovs was put into a coma, but died hours later at University Hospital of Wales.

The bus had been travelling below the 40mph speed limit.

Crash investigator PC Chris Street said the bus driver would have had just one second to react after seeing Mr Jevplanovs.

He added: "I would say it was an unavoidable collision."

'Taken too soon'

Cardiff coroner Thomas Atherton said traces of amphetamine were found in Mr Jevplanovs' blood.

He added: "Contributing factors to his death could have been his alcohol and amphetamine use on that night.

"It may have contributed to any unusual behaviour before the collision."

He recorded a verdict of death from multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision.

Sarah Usher, 27, paid tribute to Mr Jevplanovs, and said: "He was such a good man and was the sweetest, kindest and loveliest person you could ever know and always looked after everyone.

"He was taken way too soon."

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