Promising Sheffield cricketer struck by train

Dominic Sayles
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A promising young cricketer who once had trials for Yorkshire took his own life after a girl he was seeing told him she only wanted to be friends.

Dominic Sayles, aged 21, of Norton Lane, Norton, Sheffield, died a day after being struck by a train in East Bank tunnel near Sheffield station on May 10 this year.

An inquest was told he made his way down a steep bank and clambered down a wall to reach the track.

Then, as the train approached, he calmly stood in front of it. He turned to face the train as the driver slammed on the emergency brake and sounded the hooter.

The train, which was travelling at around 30mph and weighed 400 tonnes, could not stop in time and hit Dominic who sustained massive injuries to his head, limbs and body.

The shocked driver is still unable to sleep, suffers flashbacks, and has yet to return to work, the inquest was told.

Dominic, who worked as a construction labourer while studying to become a sports coach, had been a popular and hardworking young man.

Around nine months before his death Dominic, who played cricket for Norton Oakes Cricket Club, met barmaid Lauren Watson.

They began going out as friends and then became closer. However Lauren told him she only wanted to be friends and that she had met another boy called Oliver who she was seeing.
Dominic’s friends and family then began to notice a change. He became more outspoken and moody, causing those who knew him to be concerned.

Shortly before his death Dominic had been watching a TV programme about people dying after being hit by trains and told his mum: “If I was to do it I would do it that way.”

On the night he died he sent Lauren a text which read: “Can I just say goodbye.”

Coroner Julian Fox recorded a verdict that Dominic had taken his own life, and added: “There is nothing the driver could have done. It is clear Mr Sayles intended to die.”