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Tragic beautician sat down in middle of the road before a car crashed into her

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    A beautician was killed after a car ploughed into the back of her as she was sat in the road, an inquest heard.

    Antonia St Louis, 27, suffered "unsurvivable injuries" in the horror crash on Manchester Road in the early hours of the morning back in November 28, 2020.

    South Manchester Coroner's Court heard Ms Louis and a friend had been walking along the road, stopping in the middle of three lanes before the beautician sat on the floor, MEN reported.

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    She was subsequently hit by Andrew Copeland, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf at around 40mph, with police saying due to the dark conditions, he did not have time to react.

    According to pathologist Dr Charles Wilson, alcohol and cocaine were found in Ms Louis' system at the time of her death, which as caused by fractures and internal injuries.

    The 27-year-old is said to have died "quickly" and the cause of death was given as "chest injuries" by the court.

    Coroner Adrian Farrow and Ms Louis' family have also raised concerns at the aspect of her mental health care, with the tragic beautician discharged from a mental health ward just a few months before her death.

    She was sectioned in September 2020 and was in care for more than a week in a mental health ward.

    Ms Louis was discharged from the Medlock ward at the Moorside unit at Trafford Hospital on September 28 to a home-based treatment team, with her discharge being investigated.

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    Meetings with a home-based mental health team in early October deemed Louis a low risk to herself and others, but was discharged on October 20 due to making threats to staff and missing meetings.

    It was also noted that an alcohol and drug referral was "considered" in September 2020 but that there was "insufficient" evidence to act upon such a referral.

    Coroner Farrow called the lack of staff in the mental health service as "unsatisfactory" but did say he did not believe a "care coordinator would have stopped her from drinking as she did on November 28."

    Ms Louis' aunt Tanya Roxbrough called the 27-year-old a "lovely girl" who "loved her family" and had struggled with her mental health during the first Covid lockdown.

    Coroner Mr Farrow concluded Ms Louis died as a result of a road traffic collision, 'having taken alcohol and controlled drugs'. He said she had suffered with anxiety from a young age, which she 'regulated' with cannabis and 'binge drinking' alcohol.

    For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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