Tragic Ballyclare worker noted for his helpfulness

William Stephen Hegarty worked at Chain Reaction Cycles
William Stephen Hegarty worked at Chain Reaction Cycles

A worker who was crushed to death by a reversing lorry was a man noted for his willingness to assist others, a coroner has said.

A witness at the inquest of father-of-three William Stephen Hegarty (57) said he had moved into the path of the vehicle to try and stop it hitting a parked trailer.

The tragedy unfolded at a yard belonging to Chain Reaction Cycles outside Ballyclare, on August 26 last year.

On Thursday, the coroner confirmed his death was due to spinal and chest injuries arising from the accident.

A statement summarising Brian Sherrard’s findings said that he expressed “sincere condolences to the Hegarty family, and said it was clear that the deceased was a person who was prepared to go out of his way to help others.”