A MAN who died after being struck by a vehicle on the A55 was waiting on a verge, an inquest heard,

The inquest into the death of Michael Barnicle, 44, of Penrhyn Isaf Road, Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno, was opened and adjourned at Ruthin County Hall today (September 28).

Coronor for North East Wales John Gitthins heard that at the time of the collision, about 1am on September 19, Mr Barnicle was at the side of the road as his Vauxhall Grandland X was being recovered near to the Northop on-slip.

He was standing on the verge when another vehicle drove aongside the nearside of the recovery vehicle and sadly struck Mr Barnicle, the inquest heard.

He was confirmed dead at the scene by paramedics at 1.15am.

A post-mortem examination showed he had died as a result of a fatal head injury.

Mr Gittins adjourned the inquest and added that a date for the full hearing would be set after further investigations by North Wales Police.

Prior to the inquest opening, his family had paid tribute to Mr Barnicle.

“Michael was the most incredible father, partner, son, brother and uncle - as a family we can’t express how much we love him and how missed he will be.

“He was such a loving, caring and selfless person who put everyone before himself. He wasn’t into grand gestures and lived a simple life and the last two years of his life in Wales have been his happiest.

“He was devoted to his two girls and was a family man through and through. Michael was such a funny, loving and warm person, which is so hard to find these days. We will all miss our cups of tea and long chats with Michael. He lit up all of our lives. As a family we are all devastated beyond on belief.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident.