Leeds double fatal crash car on ‘wrong side of road’ according to witness

Floral tributes at the scene of the tragedy on Middleton Grove, Beeston, Leeds.
Floral tributes at the scene of the tragedy on Middleton Grove, Beeston, Leeds.
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A WITNESS told police that a car involved in a head on crash in Leeds which left two people dead had been “travelling at speed” and was on wrong side of the road, inquest openings have heard.

The inquest openings at Leeds heard the white Ford Focus 27-year-old James Coleman was driving collided head on with a 44-tonne truck on Middleton Grove, Beeston, just after 5.30am on Saturday September 20.

Mr Coleman, of no fixed abode, and back seat passenger Leanne Bowman, 33, of Rocheford Grove, Hunslet, were both taken to Leeds General Infirmary where they were pronounced dead later that morning.

Provisional results of post mortems found Mr Coleman died from a traumatic head injury and Miss Bowman, a mother-of-two, died from a broken neck.

At the inquest opening into Mr Coleman’s death, West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchliff, said: ”The driver of the second vehicle states the Ford Focus had been travelling at speed just prior to the collision. It is also stated that the vehicle was on the wrong side of the road.”

Mr Hinchliff adjourned both inquests pending the results of a police investigation.

A second passenger in the Focus, Jai Coleman, 20, was seriously injured and is still being treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

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