Jury to rule on death crash case

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A jury will hear the inquest into the death of a former Sudbury Upper School pupil who was killed in a high speed police chase which ended when he was catapulted from the vehicle.

Matthew Seddon, a 19-year-old father-to-be, was being pursued by six police cars when he crashed and was flung into the road.

One of the chasing patrol cars then drove over the teenager, killing him.

Mr Seddon attended Great Cornard Middle School and Sudbury Upper School.

At a preliminary inquest on Tuesday, Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford determined that a full hearing would be considered by a jury.

The case is expected to last three weeks and hear live evidence from 15 witnesses, including a number of police officers.

A further preliminary hearing will take place in early 2015 after any disciplinary proceedings involving Thames Valley Police officers is completed.

Eight police officers and a civilian employee from the Thames Valley force were served with misconduct notices by the police watchdog following the collision, which occurred at 11.25pm on February 11 last year.

No date has been set for the full inquest, but it is not expected to take place until May next year.

Sally Scott, vice principal of Sudbury Upper School, which is now Ormiston Sudbury Academy, said at the time of his death: “He is remembered by staff as a lively student with a close circle of friends.”

Mr Seddon, from Reading, was at the wheel of a red Ford Fiesta when he tried to perform a tight u-turn to dodge four squad cars, an armed response unit and a police dog van.

His car crashed, then flipped down the carriageway, ejecting the teenager.

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the collision.