A TEENAGE pedestrian’s inquest has been adjourned at the request of his grieving family.
North East Wales coroner John Gittins has pledged he will make further inquiries to obtain evidence from Grant Jones who witnessed a fatal road accident on January 1 on Mold Road, Wrexham.
The collision resulted in the death of 17-year-old Michael Ian Gallagher, of Llys Tudor, Denbigh, a student at the military preparation college MPCT, based in Wrexham.
The inquest at Ruthin yesterday was told that in the early hours of New Year’s Day Mr Jones and Mr Gallagher were walking as part of a group of friends from Hightown to attend a party in the Gwersyllt area. They were crossing the A541 when the collision took place.
PC Brian Grocott said despite appointments being made for Mr Jones to provide evidence, he had not attended.
Other members of the group had given statements.
Mr Gallagher’s father, Alan, told the hearing: “I would have thought for someone to lose their life it would be important to get all the information.”
Mr Gittins explained there were limitations to his powers to obtain evidence and Mr Jones had not been under arrest.
“I can still adjourn to make further inquiries,” Mr Gittins said.
The coroner said he had been informed the police had decided not to take any further action in relation to the case so there would no prosecution.
A forensic investigation had been completed. The Volkswagen Polo car involved in the collision was being driven by 19-year-old Frederick John White who had been travelling within the national speed limit restriction.
Among the calculations made during the police examination of the case, Mr White had been driving at a speed estimated to be between 32mph and 43mph on the dual carriageway. When Mr Gallagher entered the lane to cross the road there was not enough time for Mr White to avoid an impact.
Mr Gittins allowed a break in the inquest for Mr Gallagher’s family to decide how they wanted to proceed.
After relatives had held a discussion, Mr Gallagher told Mr Gittins he would like the hearing to be adjourned.
The coroner emphasised he could not give a promise of success in his further inquiries.
Among the witnesses who had given evidence was Damian Conrad Jones from Chirk, a college friend of Mr Gallagher. He said they were on their way to a party.
A statement Mr White gave was read out. He said as he approached the group of pedestrians, Mr Gallagher had stepped out into the road.