A 57-YEAR-OLD Teignmouth man found dead in his car on the driveway of his home had taken his own life, a coroner has found.
James Allen, who suffered with mental health problems, died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
He was found by police in the back of his Nissan Micra on April 19 after filling the vehicle with exhaust fumes.
An inquest into his death heard that although Mr Allen left no note indication his intention it was clear his fatal injuries were self inflicted.
Torbay and South Devon coroner Ian Arrow was told that police officers attended Mr Allen’s address in Bligh Close, Teignmouth, after concerns about his welfare were raised by his mental health doctor.
PC Chris Webber and PC Robert Condy-Young arrived at the house shortly before midnight.
They found Mr Allen lying on his side in the back of the car. The engine was running. He had been dead for some hours.
Paramedics were called and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
PC Condy-Young checked inside the house and found a step ladder beneath the loft. It indicated Mr Allen had first considered suicide by hanging himself from a joist in the loft.
The inquest was told that Mr Allen was married but had lived apart from his wife Elizabeth since January due to his mental health problems.
A post mortem examination found Mr Allen, who was known as Jim and was described as a retired company director, had high levels of carbon monoxide poisoning in his system.
The coroner recorded the cause of death as self inflicted.