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Man killed 'trying to stop traffic on N2' had taken coke and weed

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A MAN high on cocaine and cannabis who appeared to be trying to stop traffic on a motorway was killed when he was hit by a car.

Geoffrey Melia (25), of Abbeylea Green, Swords, died almost instantly in the incident on the N2 near Finglas on April 16 last year, an inquest heard.

Motorist Bill Blackmore told Dublin Coroner’s Court he saw

Mr Melia standing facing traffic “in the middle of the road” on the city-bound carriageway between Junctions 1 and 2 shortly before 2.50am.

“I only saw him at the last minute. He was facing me, he had his hands out like he was trying to stop traffic. I swerved to avoid him,” Mr Blackmore said.

“I stopped and went back to see if he was OK, but at that stage it was too late.”

Tony Manning was driving to Connolly Hospital when his vehicle hit Mr Melia.

“I only saw him at the point of impact. My car hit him on the passenger side. There wasn’t a thing I could do, it happened that quick. I didn’t have a chance to hit the brakes,” he told the inquest jury.

Forensic collision investigator Sgt Damien Mangan said Mr Melia appeared to be in a crouched position when he was hit on the left side of his body.

Mr Manning’s car was travelling in the fast lane at nearly 80kph (in a 120kph zone) and Mr Melia was thrown 33 metres from the point of impact.

Mr Manning did not have sufficient time to react, Sgt Mangan said. No prosecution was directed by the DPP.

Sgt Mangan told the hearing that Mr Melia had been with a friend, Billy Dooley, at a yard nearby and a cabbie had been called to help them try to remove a car from a ditch.

“I tried to help them get the car out,” taxi driver Alan Byrne said.

“Geoff was flying in and out around the place. It was as if Geoff and Billy were on another planet, they had definitely taken some kind of drugs.”

Mr Melia was seen on CCTV leaving the yard at 2.30am.

“He said something about getting a chain or a rope and he went under a barrier and disappeared. I never saw him again,” Mr Byrne said.

The inquest heard that the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries due to the accident, and a toxicology report found evidence of cocaine and cannabis in Mr Melia’s system.

The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure and recommended that road lighting be re-examined on the N2 where the incident happened.