Robin Selwood, Ex Vicar of Langtoft, Near Driffield, East Yorkshire, died in tragic accident at Bridlington, inquest told
A RETIRED vicar fell off his grandson’s scooter and died after hitting his head on railings in a “tragic accident”.
The Rev Robin Selwood, 74, was riding along Bridlington Promenade during a family outing on Mother’s Day when he fell off a scooter belonging to his five-year-old grandson William as he attempted to stop.
He suffered serious head injuries, never regained consciousness, and died in hospital the following day with his family at his side.
An inquest into his death at Hull Coroner’s Court yesterday heard the father-of-three, of Harewood Avenue, Bridlington, had a thin skull that was just 3cm thick.
Mr Selwood, Vicar of Langtoft Benefice for four years until his retirement in 2006, was riding alongside his youngest son, Jonathan Selwood-Hogg, 42, who was on an adults’ electric scooter when the accident happened.
He was taken to Scarborough Hospital before being transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary, where he died at 1.10am on March 19.
Ann Selwood, his wife of 50 years, said in a written statement that as far as she was concerned he had died at the time of the accident.
She added: “I would never have expected that going for a walk and playing around would result in Robin passing away. But I know Robin passed away doing something he loved - spending time with his family.”
The court heard Mr Selwood, who was ordained in Nottingham in 1961, was devoted to his family and ministry. As well as having three children the couple also fostered 11 babies, and both worked in Sunday School and with the Brownies.
Assistant Deputy Coroner Michael Mellun, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, said Mr Selwood had led a “credit-worthy life” and “enhanced the lives of thousands of others”.
He added: “It clearly is a tragic accident.”
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