A WELSHPOOL man died from pneumonia after life-long injuries caused by a 1993 road traffic collision, a coroner has ruled.

Martin Arthur Payne, 57 and formerly of Birmingham, was left tetraplegic following the RTC when he was a passenger in a van in his native city.

He was admitted to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on July 26 after his condition deteriorated and he died from pneumonia on July 30.

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Mr Payne was a long-term patient of the spinal injuries unit at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Hospital near Oswestry.

Shropshire coroner John Ellery gave a narrative conclusion of pneumonia with significant contributions by the 1993 RTC.