A furloughed mum of seven who was struggling with lockdown has been killed after being struck by a train. It was heard at the inquest that she had downed 15 cans of lager.
Sammi-Jo Edwards, 41, had started a new job as a pub cleaner in March but due to the coronavirus pandemic, became furloughed.
According to her partner, Jamie Cullingham, she had “spent all of her time at home” following the restrictions put in place and was beginning to struggle. Consequently, her drinking dramatically increased.
He said: “She was drinking 14 to 15 cans of lager most days.
“Some days she would drink even more than that. Some days she would have nothing at all.”
The hearing was told how Sammi-Jo had been drinking first thing in the morning on the day of her tragic death in June.
Before she headed out for the evening, with just her keys and a £20 note, she had drunk 15 cans of lager. It was just two days before her son’s fifth birthday, yet she never returned home.
Later on, her daughter rang and Sammi-Jo informed her that she was on a railway bridge. This prompted her family to rush out to the scene, nearing Wellington, Somerset.
However, it was too late. At the inquest, it was heard by the times her family had arrived, she’d already been struck by a train.
At the post mortem, it was ruled that the former carer died of multiple traumatic injuries. In the toxicology report, it was revealed that she was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit.
Mr Cullingham said that his partner did not leave a note or any text messages. He believes that she was “not in a good place” but isn’t convinced that she set out that day to end her own life.
Suicide was ruled out after coroner Tony Williams agreed. A narrative conclusion was recorded at the hearing at Somerset’s Crown Court yesterday.
He said: “Sammi-Jo Edwards was struck by a train but her intention at that time has not been established.”
In the aftermath of her tragic death, Cullingham described Sammi-Jo as “one in a million”.
He said: “She was sprinkled with a sackload of stardust. She was very caring, always worried about everyone else, very outgoing.
“She never discussed her own problems, she was more concerned for other people.”