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Shop trolley crash kills pensioner

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LONDON, England -- An 80-year-old man has died after crashing a trolley that he was riding around a supermarket on while shouting "wheeeee."

Dennis Wiltshire, 80, of Neath, south Wales, suffered head injuries when he was thrown to the ground in August 2005 when the trolley overturned at a Makro store in Llansamlet, Swansea.

He died from a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain the following day after falling into a coma in hospital.

An inquest in Swansea recorded a verdict of accidental death after a friend said the pensioner acted much younger than his years.

It heard how Wiltshire charged down the shop riding on the rear of the trolley shouting "wheeeee" as his friend waited to pay.

Friend Julie Brinkworth, 45, told the inquest: "It was the type of thing he would do. He was just like a schoolboy, always full of life and fun.

"That was him, always joking, singing and doing dances. He was 80 but he looked and acted much younger," the Press Association reported her as saying.

Philip Rogers, the coroner for Swansea, said in summing up: "Mr. Wiltshire was, despite his years, a very carefree and younger-than-his-years type of character.

"He was riding the back of a trolley in the Makro store as a joke - the sort of thing, we have been told, he was likely to do and had done on other occasions.

"Unfortunately, he suffered a severe head injury when he fell off and his condition rapidly deteriorated."

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