A great-grandfather died two months after colliding with a car as he ran across the road, an inquest heard.
William Hart, 69, was involved in a collision with a Ford Fiesta outside the Clayton Conservative Club on Whalley Road on June 21, 2014.
He died in hospital on August 26 that year after developing broncopneumonia.
An inquest at Accrington Town Hall this week heard that Fiesta driver Geoffrey Watson was travelling at ‘approximately 36mph’ in a 30mph zone before braking to avoid Mr Hart, of Cumberland Avenue, Clayton-le-Moors.
But assistant coroner Elaine Block ruled that the collision ‘still would have occurred’ even if he had been travelling at the speed limit.
This was because of the layout of the road, limited visibility and parked cars blocking both Mr Hart and Mr Watson’s views.
Retired HGV driver Mr Hart had been attending a charity function and was ‘running’ across the road to The Albion pub when the collision happened at around 10.20pm, the inquest heard.
He had been speaking with his niece Chelsea Hart before crossing the road, and she said he was his ‘usually bubbly self’.
She told the hearing that neither of them saw a car coming over the canal bridge.
Mr Watson, who had been in the ambulance service for 30 years and had a clean driving licence, told the inquest that he slowed down as he came over the bridge to ‘make sure the road ahead was clear’.
He said he was then ‘suddenly confronted’ by Mr Hart when he emerged from between two parked cars, and ‘hit the brakes’.
Mr Watson said he ‘believed he was driving below the speed limit’ at the time of the collision.
When asked by coroner Mrs Block if he could have done more to avoid it, he replied: “No, because there was no time.”
The inquest heard that there were no faults with the car, the road was dry and the motorist was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
PC Rachel Carbery, of the collisions investigation unit, said that an investigation showed Mr Watson was ‘travelling at no less than 36mph’, but said the collision would still have happened even if he was driving at the speed limit.
She told the inquest that the road was ‘quite hazardous’ and there were a number of cars belonging to disabled motorists parked outside the club, when they were prohibited to do so because of double white line street markings.
PC Carbery said Mr Watson would have only had a response time of ‘one to two seconds’ to avoid Mr Hart.
No action has been taken by the police or Crown Prosecution Service against the driver after an examination of the case, the inquest heard.
Mrs Block ruled that Mr Hart died of a road traffic collision.
She said: “It was a matter of a second or so between Mr Hart setting out between the parked cars to the point of impact, so everything happened extremely quickly.
“Mr Watson feels very strongly his speed was within the limit.
“However, according to the calculations carried out by the police the car was travelling at approximately 36mph.
“This would be relevant if it were not for PC Carbery’s evidence that had he been doing 30mph the accident would still have occurred.”
She added: “In many ways this is an accident pure and simple, wrong place and wrong time and sadly the most dreadful of consequences.”