Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fatal Collision 'Purposeful' Inquest Told; but Coroner Records an Open Verdict

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fatal Collision 'Purposeful' Inquest Told; but Coroner Records an Open Verdict

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Byline: Brian Daniel

ANORTHUMBERLAND father who died in a three-vehicle crash on the A1 was not wearing a seatbelt and may have engineered the collision, an inquest heard.

Alexander John Gibson, 32, of Berwick, was killed when the car he was driving collided with a 4x4 vehicle, and was then hit by a lorry on the road just north of Alnwick last November.

At an inquest in Alnwick yesterday, Northumbria Police told Northumberland coroner Tony Brown that Mr Gibson, who worked as a driver, had not been wearing a seatbelt.

Officers also told the inquest that it appeared the divorced man, who had been receiving treatment and on medication for mental health issues, had "purposely" engineered the initial collision.

However, the coroner recorded an open verdict, saying it was not possible to establish for certain whether Mr Gibson had acted deliberately or whether another factor caused the collision.

The inquest heard that Mr Gibson, known as Alec and of Sunnyside Crescent in Tweedmouth, was travelling alone in his Peugeot 407 at around 7.30pm on November 14 when his car moved onto the southbound carriageway into the path of a Toyota Rav4 4x4.

The coroner was told how the Toyota driver manoeuvred his vehicle into the northbound carriageway to avoid a collision, but that at the same time Mr Gibson moved his car back into that carriageway. The vehicles collided with what police said was a combined speed of around 130mph.

The Toyota driver was taken to Wansbeck hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The inquest was told that Mr Gibson, who had not been drinking or taken any toxic substances, had not been wearing a seatbelt and that as a result he was propelled forward into the car's steering wheel, and his head hit the windscreen.

Mr Gibson's car came to a stop in the southbound carriageway. …

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