City lawyer killed after falling onto train tracks in London

Victor Carles Quiros had been a dinner party in Kensington

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City lawyer killed after tumbling onto train tracks after Kensington dinner party


A city lawyer was killed when he walked in front of a Tube at Ladbroke Grove Station after leaving a friend's dinner party in search of a mobile phone signal, an inquest has heard.

According to the Evening Standard, Victor Carles Quiros, 24, was nearly three times the legal drink drive limit after the dinner party in Kensington, west London.

The party was at his cousin Orlando Vasquesz's home. At the party, Victor, his cousin and two friends consumed four bottles of wine and half a bottle of whisky.

His blood alcohol level was such that "coma may occur", the hearing was told.

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court was told Mr Quiros went outside to get a phone signal, leaving his wallet, keys and coat in the flat on April 12 this year.

He was next seen stumbling drunkenly around Ladbroke Grove Station after 5am.

Mr Quiros walked through a gate on to the tracks and began walking towards Latimer Road, one stop away, reports the Daily Mail.

A Hammersmith and City line Tube driver saw him and slammed on the emergency brakes but it was too late and Mr Quiros died after being hit by the train at 40mph.

A statement from Jason Archer, the train driver who last saw Mr Quiros alive, said: "As I emerged from this bend to my horror I saw a male person ahead of me.

"He never looked behind him, made no attempt to out of my way. I don't know if he was aware of me. I was upon him in the blink of an eye. I heard a bang as I hit him."

A prepared statement from Mr Vasquesz said: "At around 4.30am he left my flat. I didn't pay attention to what he was doing. He didn't take with him his wallet, his keys and his coat, maybe he was disorientated and drunk. I am 100 per cent certain that Victor didn't take his life on purpose. I knew him very well. We were cousins, family, like brothers."

Steven Tucker, of British Transport Police, added: 'At 5.25am he can be just seen disappearing into the gloom towards Latimer Road. He looks unsteady. He looks drunk on CCTV.'

Coroner Dr William Dolman said: "My conclusion, one word now, would be accident. We have a 24-year-old lawyer from Panama who goes to his cousin's for a sociable evening with friends.

"And, as Orlando Vasquesz has explained, they each drank a bottle of wine, and half a bottle of whisky between them.

"It was a convivial evening. There was nothing amiss with him. And Orlando suggests that he left the flat for the lack of mobile signal.

"No one can answer for him, what he was doing on the line at that time. We can only assume that he would have been very drunk."

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