Inquest into death of Durham primary school teacher killed in Mexico crash suffers delays

Alix Bussey, 23, from Durham, who died in a car crash in Mexico.

Alix Bussey, 23, from Durham, who died in a car crash in Mexico.

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The inquest into the death of a young teacher killed in a road accident in Mexico has been hit by delays over paperwork.

A review into the hearing of Alix Bussey, 23, was told that information requested from the Mexican authorities has still not been received by County Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle.

I appreciate the family are looking to get the best possible information from the Mexican authorities, however, the chief coroner has issued guidance that families should not wait indefinitely for information from abroad.

Coroner Andrew Tweddle

Alix, who lived in Durham and taught at Bowburn Infants School, and her boyfriend Jonathan Boyle, then also 23 and an IT worker with the NHS, were heading back to their hotel after a night out on Thursday, April 9, when they were in a car accident in the resort of Riviera Maya.

Durham Constabulary said at the time that while few details had been confirmed, it appeared she had been struck by a vehicle.

The couple had been due to fly home the following Saturday.

At the latest inquest review held in Crook, Mr Tweddle was told relevant information was still to be sent from the Mexican authorities.

Mr Tweddle was told Miss Bussey’s family have said they are satisfied with a final hearing continuing on the basis of her partner’s statement and have said they understand there may be a long wait before information arrives.

Mr Tweddle said: “I appreciate the family are looking to get the best possible information from the Mexican authorities, however, the chief coroner has issued guidance that families should not wait indefinitely for information from abroad.

“There are procedures in these cases as to a reasonable time frame and with that in mind, we will look at matters again on January 11.

“But if it is not forthcoming from that time, I think this is a case which will have to proceed on the basis of what we have available at that time.

“At least there is some very possible suggestion of inquiries being made with the authorities.”

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Alix’s parents Colin and Penny and her younger sister Leigh, 21, spoke of their shock at losing the teacher.

Mrs Bussey, 50 said; “We’re absolutely devastated by what has happened and waiting to be given more information by the Foreign Office.

“Alix adored being a teacher, it was all she wanted to do from the age of seven and she was devoted to the education and welfare of the children she taught.

“She lived life to the full, loved to party and she and Jonathan were besotted with each other.

“Although they had been away on several occasions this was their first holiday abroad and they had been having a great experience.

“Only the night before, she had texted Leigh to say she was having ‘the bestest time ever’.”

A former Durham Johnston student, Alix Bussey studied primary education at Northumbria University before securing her first teaching job, at Bowburn Infants in September 2012.