Friday 20 October 2017

Coroner sorry as inquest adjourned

Dean Winters

A CORONER apologised as he was forced to adjourn the inquest into a road crash that devastated an Irish family.

The inquest is focusing on the death of an Irish toddler and the Polish driver who crashed his car after leaving a suicide note.

The family of 16-month-old Oisin Twomey face an agonising delay in the proceedings, which have been hampered by legal wrangling.

The jury in Devon has already heard that taxi driver Marek Wojciechowski (26) drove into the car carrying the Twomey family, who were on holiday from Ireland, on Friday, July 6, last year.

The tragedy claimed the lives of Mr Wojciechowski, Oisin and his father, Con Twomey (39).

His mother Elber Twomey survived the crash but lost her unborn daughter.

But the jury was sent home first thing yesterday morning and the inquest will now resume at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on Monday, December 2.

Torbay and South Devon coroner Ian Arrow apologised for being unable to proceed.

He said: "There's legal argument going on elsewhere. It makes it all the more important your views are not contaminated in any way.

"This matter is of intense public interest and in the media at home and abroad."

Irish Independent

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