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TURNIP HURLED FROM CAR KILLS MAN IN LONDON; JOGGER HIT BY CABBAGE

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Police say a 56-year-old man was fatally injured by a turnip hurled from a passing car, and that there have been nearly two dozen other instances of assault with fruits and vegetables.

At an inquest on Monday, Detective Superintendent Graham Howard said the death of Leslie Merry was being investigated as a murder.Merry was hit by a turnip while he was shopping in east London on July 14. He suffered a punctured lung and a rib was broken in three places. His condition worsened after he was released from the hospital two days later. He was readmitted the next day and died on July 23.

Dr. David Rouse, a pathologist, testified that Merry died of a ruptured spleen, caused by the impact of the turnip, and of acute respiratory failure and chronic pulmonary disease.

Price said a healthier man might have survived the blow.

Howard said there have been a number of incidents in east London in which fruits and vegetables had been tossed from speeding vehicles. In April, he said, a jogger was hit by a cabbage.