Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So How Did He Die? Mystery Continues to Surround Tragic Twin's Death

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So How Did He Die? Mystery Continues to Surround Tragic Twin's Death

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.com @BarbaraHodgson5

EXACTLY how Matthew O'Donovan came to be dying by the side of a road will probably never be known, an inquest heard.

The 22-year-old died in hospital on July 9, 2014, four days after he was found lying near a bridle path in the early hours.

At a resumed inquest, coroner Karen Dilks recorded an "open conclusion" after saying too many questions remain to be able to deliver a different verdict.

Newcastle Coroner's Court heard two years on from Matthew's death it is still not known for sure whether he was involved in a motorbike accident.

Pathologist Dr Mark Egan gave the cause of death as multiple organ failure due to a head injury and aspiration pneumonia consistent with a road traffic collision. The inquest heard evidence from several witnesses, including Anthony Bellerby, who said he was walking home along the bridle path when he was told Matthew had fallen off a scooter.

He found Matthew, of Eden Terrace, Lynemouth near Ashington, conscious but unable to talk at the bottom of a hedge and he called the ambulance.

Matthew's twin Thomas, who has the words "RIP Matthew" tattooed on the back of his neck in tribute, said he had been told his brother crashed a motorbike.

He told the hearing: "I heard him and a friend went out on a motorbike, Michael had a go by himself and was coming towards a corner and got told to slow down.

"He didn't know what to do and the bike flipped over on top of him."

PC Seamus Weightman, said when he reached the area on the night, having been made aware of the possibility of a scooter being involved: "I was expecting a scooter to be lying nearby.

"However I was somewhat surprised there was no physical evidence or sign of one; or any debris or anything lying at the scene.

"There was some confusion at the time. …

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