Tragic mother killed by car while high on drugs

Tragic death crash mum was high on drugs

Tragic death crash mum was high on drugs

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A former teen runaway was killed when she was hit by a car as she stood in the middle of a busy road with her arms outstretched.

Mother-of-three Kayleigh Quinn, pictured right, from Storrington had been drinking alone in a pub for three hours and was high on amphetamines and prescription drugs when she was knocked down and killed instantly.

Miss Quinn sparked a major police search aged 16 when she went missing with a convicted rapist.

An inquest into the 27-year-old’s death on Tuesday was told Miss Quinn was asked to leave the Red Rover pub beside the A36 in Hampshire after she became aggressive on September 24 last year.

Pub supervisor Katherine Hawkins said she was so verbally aggressive that the door was locked behind her when she left.

Ms Quinn was then seen staggering on and off the carriageway shouting: “I will walk in the road, I will do what I want.”

Golf driver Khadir Miah, of Portsmouth, said: “I saw something in front of me in a star shape. I tried to avoid it.”

The inquest in Winchester was told he would have been unable to avoid colliding with her. The court was told Miss Quinn had been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder, but a long waiting list meant she had not started counselling.

Kayleigh sparked a major police search when she went on the run with convicted rapist Steven Barton in 2003. Police at the time believed Miss Quinn and then 23-year-old Barton had made a suicide pact and run off because her family did not approve of their relationship.

They were found 48 hours later.

Barton had been jailed for raping a 92-year-old woman near the victim’s late husband’s grave at St Mary’s Church, Storrington, and breached his bail conditions by running away with Miss Quinn after his release.

Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Grahame Short said: “I am satisfied that she was behaving in a drunken manner, going on and off the carriageway in a way that endangered not only her but other road users along that section.

“Mr Miah was confronted by Kayleigh standing in the road facing him. When he approached she must have been aware of his presence, she would have seen the lights and heard him coming towards her. She made no attempt to move out of his way.”

Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”.

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12:53pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Are events from over a decade ago, when this unfortunate woman was still legally a child, really relevant to the story?
Are events from over a decade ago, when this unfortunate woman was still legally a child, really relevant to the story? Goldenwight
  • Score: 6

1:44pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

And now please convince me that alcohol and drugs are safe and should be available with limits.
And now please convince me that alcohol and drugs are safe and should be available with limits. Logicsays
  • Score: -6

1:44pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

And now please convince me that alcohol and drugs are safe and should be available with limits.
And now please convince me that alcohol and drugs are safe and should be available with limits. Logicsays
  • Score: -10

1:44pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

And now please convince me that alcohol and drugs are safe and should be available with limits.
And now please convince me that alcohol and drugs are safe and should be available with limits. Logicsays
  • Score: -5

1:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

I do hope you see the reason for the above posts. If not.......
I do hope you see the reason for the above posts. If not....... Logicsays
  • Score: -15

1:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

Logicsays wrote:
I do hope you see the reason for the above posts. If not.......
I've been getting a bit of that as well, but not quite that many.
[quote][p][bold]Logicsays[/bold] wrote: I do hope you see the reason for the above posts. If not.......[/p][/quote]I've been getting a bit of that as well, but not quite that many. theargusissoinformative
  • Score: -75

2:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

theargusissoinformat
ive
wrote:
Logicsays wrote:
I do hope you see the reason for the above posts. If not.......
I've been getting a bit of that as well, but not quite that many.
33 'thumbs down' in fifteen minutes for the most benign observation? Secretive bullies misusing the 'thumbs down' (and no comments either). Now go and see what I've said to do with that teenager that got run over by a train.
[quote][p][bold]theargusissoinformat ive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Logicsays[/bold] wrote: I do hope you see the reason for the above posts. If not.......[/p][/quote]I've been getting a bit of that as well, but not quite that many.[/p][/quote]33 'thumbs down' in fifteen minutes for the most benign observation? Secretive bullies misusing the 'thumbs down' (and no comments either). Now go and see what I've said to do with that teenager that got run over by a train. theargusissoinformative
  • Score: -65

2:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

spa301 says...

I think there is a flaw with the Argus 'thumbs' as many a time lately I've returned to a story and been able to vote again even though I already have. A better system surely would to show all the ups and all the downs together with the total score as some comments might have 100 votes but show a zero if views are opposed equally.
Why does 'logicsays' think we should convince him/her one way or the other. Must be a very important person indeed.
I think there is a flaw with the Argus 'thumbs' as many a time lately I've returned to a story and been able to vote again even though I already have. A better system surely would to show all the ups and all the downs together with the total score as some comments might have 100 votes but show a zero if views are opposed equally. Why does 'logicsays' think we should convince him/her one way or the other. Must be a very important person indeed. spa301
  • Score: -3

3:22pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

What is the point of this story?
Another drunk junkie gets run over, I feel sorry for the golfer.
What is the point of this story? Another drunk junkie gets run over, I feel sorry for the golfer. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -20

3:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

PracticeNotTheories says...

Very sad story. While drugs and drink evidently played a significant part, her mental health issues, and long waiting lists indicate where the root of her troubles lie.
Unfortunately, due to lack of professional help, and being served alcohol to the point of aggression (along with the drugs) she became a significant risk to herself and others.
Society may look at this as 'another druggie got wasted', it's probably quite unfair not knowing the whole story.
The fact that over 10 years ago, as a teenager, she ran off with someone in a suicide pact does point out she's had long standing mental health issues.
Very sad story. While drugs and drink evidently played a significant part, her mental health issues, and long waiting lists indicate where the root of her troubles lie. Unfortunately, due to lack of professional help, and being served alcohol to the point of aggression (along with the drugs) she became a significant risk to herself and others. Society may look at this as 'another druggie got wasted', it's probably quite unfair not knowing the whole story. The fact that over 10 years ago, as a teenager, she ran off with someone in a suicide pact does point out she's had long standing mental health issues. PracticeNotTheories
  • Score: 14

6:07pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

How much has the investigation and inquest cost the tax-payer?
How much has the investigation and inquest cost the tax-payer? Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -10

6:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

hoveguyactually says...

"Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”.

Well, not enough apparently. I wonder who was looking after the children whenever the "spirited young woman" went on a drug ridden, alcoholic filled rampage. And what will happen to them now? They are the ones we should feel sorry for.
"Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”. Well, not enough apparently. I wonder who was looking after the children whenever the "spirited young woman" went on a drug ridden, alcoholic filled rampage. And what will happen to them now? They are the ones we should feel sorry for. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 26

9:54pm Thu 7 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The biggest shame is that this woman, although she has had mental health issues for so long, decided to get pregnant and have the children 3 times. I hope their dads are around for them now.
The biggest shame is that this woman, although she has had mental health issues for so long, decided to get pregnant and have the children 3 times. I hope their dads are around for them now. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 9

9:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

David523 says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
"Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”.

Well, not enough apparently. I wonder who was looking after the children whenever the "spirited young woman" went on a drug ridden, alcoholic filled rampage. And what will happen to them now? They are the ones we should feel sorry for.
Hopefully her parents will have nothing to do with their wellbeing. Sounds like they're the ones responsible for how this extremely troubled woman turned out.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”. Well, not enough apparently. I wonder who was looking after the children whenever the "spirited young woman" went on a drug ridden, alcoholic filled rampage. And what will happen to them now? They are the ones we should feel sorry for.[/p][/quote]Hopefully her parents will have nothing to do with their wellbeing. Sounds like they're the ones responsible for how this extremely troubled woman turned out. David523
  • Score: 1

10:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

nissancars says...

David523 wrote:
hoveguyactually wrote:
"Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”.

Well, not enough apparently. I wonder who was looking after the children whenever the "spirited young woman" went on a drug ridden, alcoholic filled rampage. And what will happen to them now? They are the ones we should feel sorry for.
Hopefully her parents will have nothing to do with their wellbeing. Sounds like they're the ones responsible for how this extremely troubled woman turned out.
we dont know her parents so perhaps you should keep your thoughts to yourself.this girl is dead and im positive that they will be greiving at their loss.plus they probably will be having time with their grandchildren
[quote][p][bold]David523[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: "Following Miss Quinn’s death her parents Anthony and Michelle paid tribute to a “spirited young woman”. They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”. Well, not enough apparently. I wonder who was looking after the children whenever the "spirited young woman" went on a drug ridden, alcoholic filled rampage. And what will happen to them now? They are the ones we should feel sorry for.[/p][/quote]Hopefully her parents will have nothing to do with their wellbeing. Sounds like they're the ones responsible for how this extremely troubled woman turned out.[/p][/quote]we dont know her parents so perhaps you should keep your thoughts to yourself.this girl is dead and im positive that they will be greiving at their loss.plus they probably will be having time with their grandchildren nissancars
  • Score: 4

2:30am Fri 8 Aug 14

HumanHater says...

Nutter.
Nutter. HumanHater
  • Score: -5

8:09am Fri 8 Aug 14

Honda driver says...

HumanHater wrote:
Nutter.
What an unhelpful comment. This woman obviously had mental health problems but didn't receive the help she deserved due to quote " a long waiting list". A sad reflection on society that it unable to treat ill people due to lack of funds.
[quote][p][bold]HumanHater[/bold] wrote: Nutter.[/p][/quote]What an unhelpful comment. This woman obviously had mental health problems but didn't receive the help she deserved due to quote " a long waiting list". A sad reflection on society that it unable to treat ill people due to lack of funds. Honda driver
  • Score: 1

9:24am Fri 8 Aug 14

Sir Prised says...

Honda driver wrote:
HumanHater wrote:
Nutter.
What an unhelpful comment. This woman obviously had mental health problems but didn't receive the help she deserved due to quote " a long waiting list". A sad reflection on society that it unable to treat ill people due to lack of funds.
"They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”. " - No sorry, her greatest love was for substance abuse. It's attempting to justify and sugar-coat this kind of bahaviour, which encourages it. Someone should have pointed out to her, the lifetime of suffering and emotional consequences she was going to inflict on her long-suffering children!
[quote][p][bold]Honda driver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HumanHater[/bold] wrote: Nutter.[/p][/quote]What an unhelpful comment. This woman obviously had mental health problems but didn't receive the help she deserved due to quote " a long waiting list". A sad reflection on society that it unable to treat ill people due to lack of funds.[/p][/quote]"They said her “greatest love was for her three children”, aged seven, five and two, who “meant the whole world to her”. " - No sorry, her greatest love was for substance abuse. It's attempting to justify and sugar-coat this kind of bahaviour, which encourages it. Someone should have pointed out to her, the lifetime of suffering and emotional consequences she was going to inflict on her long-suffering children! Sir Prised
  • Score: 10

2:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

If her children meant so much why did she take so many drugs? Maybe she read green pro drug propaganda.
If her children meant so much why did she take so many drugs? Maybe she read green pro drug propaganda. NickBrt
  • Score: 4

4:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

lmlosborne says...

If her children meant so much why did she take so many drugs? Maybe she read green pro drug propaganda.

**

Because people with mental health issues who aren't getting treatment often self-medicate. Unless you know at least what borderline personality disorder is, or know someone with it, or have it yourself, you can't understand how she may have been feeling that day, and why she abused substances as she did. But much research has proved a link between mental health and abusing substances (read - she was also high on PRESCRIPTION medication) in order to get relief from the symptoms.
If her children meant so much why did she take so many drugs? Maybe she read green pro drug propaganda. ** Because people with mental health issues who aren't getting treatment often self-medicate. Unless you know at least what borderline personality disorder is, or know someone with it, or have it yourself, you can't understand how she may have been feeling that day, and why she abused substances as she did. But much research has proved a link between mental health and abusing substances (read - she was also high on PRESCRIPTION medication) in order to get relief from the symptoms. lmlosborne
  • Score: -2

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