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Heartbroken Pendle teen took own life on M65
A TEENAGER killed herself after discovering her boyfriend no longer wanted to be with her, an inquest heard.
‘Troubled’ student Lena Begum, from Brierfield, took her own life by walking in front of a van on the M65 last April.
One of her friends told Burnley Coroner’s Court she was ‘mentally obsessed’ with Quzlam Ahmed, who she met in hospital, despite his ‘history of violence’. Before her death, the 18-year-old had been treated for self-harming after carving his nickname, Kammy, into her arm.
Miss Begum, a former pupil at Stoneyholme Community Primary School and Sir John Thursby Community College, was struck while crossing the eastbound slip-road towards Gannow, at junction 10, at around 3.50am on April 10 last year.
A post-mortem examination showed Miss Begum, of Higher Reedley Road, died ‘rapidly’ from multiple serious injuries including fractures to her neck, skull, spine and ribs.
East Lancashire’s assistant coroner, Mark Williams, said she was known to police after being reported missing a number of times and had previously been placed in local authority care.
She had started a relationship with Mr Ahmed after meeting him at a hospital placement in Bradford in October 2012.
In January 2013 she was asked to leave the facility following breaches of rules including drinking and later the same month, she was treated for self-harming after Mr Ahmed said he no longer wanted to be her boyfriend.
Giving evidence, Taslema Alom, who was with Miss Begum the morning of her death, said: “I think she was mentally obsessed with him (Mr Ahmed).
“She would go and meet him whenever he called. I kept telling her to stop seeing him. Before she met Kammy she was happy and fun to be with.
“After she got with him, she changed. It was like he controlled her. I seen him punch her on one occasion, at the time of her 18th birthday.”
Miss Alom said Miss Begum had previously mentioned taking her own life.
“I didn’t believe that she would do it,” she said.
The night before she died, Miss Begum, who was studying as a dental nurse at Blackburn College, had been at a friend’s house and visited a shisha bar before asking to be dropped off near the M65 at around 1.30am.
Recalling the last time she saw her, another friend, Marcia Khan, said: “Everything was fine. She was normal. She turned around and she smiled.”
Police officers explained that between midnight and her death, 16 calls were made between Miss Begum’s phone and her mother’s.
She also had two conversations totalling 30 minutes with Mr Ahmed, who was in Blackburn at the time, and recorded a voicemail message.
PC Richard Roberts, an accident investigator, said Miss Begum would have been able to see the Mercedes Sprinter approaching her for ‘more than 10 seconds’ and that there was ‘no obvious reason for pedestrians to attempt to cross the road there’.
Asked if street lighting on the M65 would have allowed the driver to have seen Miss Begum earlier, PC Roberts replied: “Potentially, yes.”
Absolving van driver John Trainor of any blame, he added: “By the time she was illuminated, he (Mr Trainor) would not have had time to slow down.”
He said that Mr Trainor, who was travelling at 59mph, would have been as close as 35 metres to Miss Begum before he could see her.
Concluding that Miss Begum had taken her own life, Mr Williams said her relationship with Mr Ahmed ‘does not appear to have been very good for her well-being."
He added: “It is quite clear that before 4am she walked across the path of a Mercedes van driven by Mr Trainor.
“There was nothing Mr Trainor could do.”
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