A motorist bravely attempted to save the life of a man who plunged on to a Midland motorway from a bridge, an inquest heard.
Michael Jackson managed to stop the traffic on the busy M42 in a bid to protect James Rankin who had fallen on to the slow lane near junction four at Henley-in-Arden.
But Mr Rankin, a retired head of sales, with financial problems, was later pronounced dead at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.
Assistant deputy coroner Michael Snell, recording that Mr Rankin, of Vernon Road, Edgbaston, took his own life, said although there was evidence his right hand had been run over by a vehicle he had died as a result of multiple injuries caused by the fall.
He said that there were circumstances "preying on his mind" and went on: "It seems quite clear he went to that particular location with only one purpose in mind."
Hilary Rankin said her 66-year-old father appeared to be in a "financial mess" at the time of his death and that his outgoings were three times what was coming in.
David Brown, a security supervisor at a business park in Shirley, said on October 11 last year at around 6.45am he saw Mr Rankin on CCTV pacing up and down.
He said he then saw the man, who appeared agitated, approach the railings and then disappear from view.
Mr Jackson, who was on his way to a business meeting, said he was driving along the motorway when he saw an object falling from the bridge.
Mr Jackson, who was praised by the coroner for acting as a good citizen, said after finding Mr Rankin he stopped traffic until police arrived.