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Road Collision, Sutton Coldfield (Inquest)

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the in- quest upon the death of L.A.C. Alfred Geary, resulting from collision with a U.S. army vehicle in College Road, Sutton Coldfield; and whether he will explain by what authority the evidence of the driver of the vehicle was withheld.

I understand that the coroner was informed in this case that the driver of the United States vehicle was under arrest awaiting count martial by the the American military authorities on a charge alleging responsibility for the dearth of the deceased person. In these circumstances he thought it right to dispense with the evidence of it he driver. The law provides that in such circumstances the inquest shall be adjourned sine die. Had this course been followed no evidence would have been taken.