Dominique Worrall, 32, died on the M20 when she stepped out of a moving vehicle
A mother-of-two died after opening the door of a moving car and stepping out onto a busy motorway, her inquest has heard.
Dominique Worrall, 32, was hit by oncoming traffic on the M20 after leaping from her partner’s Nissan Qashqai on February 20 last year.
She is believed to have been arguing with boyfriend Terry Dunne, with whom she had a ‘volatile’ relationship which included a 2017 call to police in which she accused him of committing domestic violence. He was not charged.
CCTV footage played at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone showed her getting out of the car in the middle of the M20 and being hit by ‘several vehicles’ and a detective said the footage is clear she ‘comes out on own free will’.
Mr Dunne did not stop the car, and instead handed himself into police the next day. He was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, but all charges have since been dropped. There is no indication that the vehicle was travelling above the speed limit.
Her boyfriend Terry Dunne (pictured with Ms Worrall) was arrested but not charged over accusations of domestic violence in 2017, and arrested but not charged over her death, when he was driving the car but did not stop
Police received multiple calls at 6.05pm on February 2018 about an accident between junctions 10 and 9 on the London-bound carriageway of the M20. It had been raining and the traffic was heavy.
A post-mortem found Dominique died of multiple injuries and a toxicologist reported finding traces of cocaine in her blood.
Giving evidence DS Ross Gurden from Kent Police said the pair had been drinking before at Camber Sands caravan park and tensions were high due to a dispute over an ex partner.
It was also said there was a history of allegations domestic violence between the couple, with police being called out in November 2017 after a call from Dominique.
The coroner heard she told the 999 operator: ‘Domestic violence, please come now’ and had suffered serious facial injuries.
Mr Dunne was arrested for grievous bodily harm but no further action was take due to insufficient evidence.
DS Ross Gurden from Kent Police said the pair had been drinking before at Camber Sands caravan park and tensions were high due to a dispute over an ex partner
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It was also heard Dominique had been under the care of mental health teams, and had previously attempted suicide.
In January 2018, she was diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, alcohol misuse, and probable bipolar disorder.
Concluding the inquest, assistant coroner Geoffrey Smith gave a verdict of misadventure.
He said: ‘The circumstances are recorded on dashcam footage. It shows Dominique herself opened the door of the car in which she was travelling.
‘Dunne was driving and she fell from the car.’
He said cocaine was found in her system and that she had also been drinking.
He said: ‘No one will know what happened in that car.
‘Mr Dunne denies any involvement in her death and officers say there is no third party involvement.
‘What cannot be doubted is she fell from the vehicle travelling at speed and that killed her.’
The mother-of-two was described as a ‘bubbly, fun-loving person with an infectious smile’
Close friends remembered Ms Worrall as a ‘beautiful and wonderful person’
Speaking after the inquest, Dominique’s mother Loretta Petrucci said: ‘I have so many unanswered questions.
‘I can’t mourn my daughter because nothing makes sense to me.
‘Why didn’t he stop? That was my daughter and he was supposed to love her.
‘You would stop for an animal.’
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘We have carried out extensive enquiries following the death of 32-year-old Dominque Worrall after her body was found on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 motorway on Tuesday 20 February 2018.
‘A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. However officers found no evidence to suggest there was any third party involvement in Ms Worrall’s death and he has since been released without charge.
‘I want Ms Worrall’s family and friends to be assured that our officers have dedicated hundreds of hours to what has been a very complex case in order to explore the circumstances around her death and, as with all investigations, we will explore any new information or evidence that comes to light.’
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