Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Crash pair died of chest injuries

Workers clear the scene on the Seven Sisters Road in Haringey, north London, where two men died following a police chase

Two men killed in a police pursuit died of multiple chest injuries, an inquest has heard.

Gregory Jones, 38, and Shaka Henry, 33, both from Islington, north London, died in Tottenham on Friday morning, Barnet Coroner's Court was told.

The pair were killed when the black Audi they were travelling in jumped a red light, clipped a white van and crashed into a bridge.

The car's 30-year-old driver tried to flee the scene but was arrested and is currently in custody.

According to witnesses, police tried desperately to save the two passengers but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest will be delayed by up to six months while investigations by the Metropolitan Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission continue.

Coroner Andrew Walker said: "It is likely to be between four and six months before the investigation by the IPCC and road traffic unit is complete.

"I am setting up a review date of July 2 this year, at which point I hope we will be able to have a look at both the reports. I am not setting up an inquest date at this point because the person driving the car is in custody and may face charges.

"If this happens it may delay an inquest hearing. I would like to offer sincere condolences to the members of the family."

The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving under the influence, driving without a licence and possession with intent to supply class A drugs, Scotland Yard said. The driver of the white van was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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