Brawl pair were passengers in fatal car crash

Car crash victim Jonathan Cruddas-Ginks who died when the Suzuki Swift in which he was travelling overturned after it smashed into three parked cars in Ashdale, Mount Pleasant, near Penshaw.
Car crash victim Jonathan Cruddas-Ginks who died when the Suzuki Swift in which he was travelling overturned after it smashed into three parked cars in Ashdale, Mount Pleasant, near Penshaw.
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ANTHONY Sweeney and Thomas Mawson were passengers in a car which crashed, killing Jay McCormick and Jonathan Cruddas-Ginks.

Mr McCormick, pictured, died on September 9 last year when the Suzuki Swift he was driving hit a lamppost and ploughed into three cars parked on the driveway of a house in Washington.

Jay McCormick, aged 19, died after the car he was travelling in crashed on Station Road, Mount Pleasant, Washington.''Lived 17 Pinewood, Harraton, Washington''COPY PICTURE NOT FOR PRINT SALES

Jay McCormick, aged 19, died after the car he was travelling in crashed on Station Road, Mount Pleasant, Washington.''Lived 17 Pinewood, Harraton, Washington''COPY PICTURE NOT FOR PRINT SALES

The 19-year-old, who moved to the North East from Scotland, suffered massive head injuries in the crash in September.

He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, but died a short time later.

Passenger Mr Cruddas-Ginks, pictured above, of Kimberley, Washington, was rushed to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, but also died five days later.

An inquest into the deaths heard the car, also carrying Sweeney and Mawson, was travelling at more than 53mph shortly before the accident.

It is thought Mr McCormick, of Pinewood Avenue, Harraton, lost control of the car and smashed into a Vauxhall Corsa, Fiat Punto and BMW Z3, which were parked on a driveway in Ashdale, Mount Pleasant.

The roof of the Suzuki was ripped off and it landed on the Corsa, forcing firefighters to cut free the two fatally-injured men, as well as Sweeney and Mawson.

Collision investigation officer Pc David Martin told the hearing in Sunderland about the devastating state the Suzuki was left in.

Pc Martin said: “There were numerous amounts of severe damage to the vehicle.

“I don’t think there was a panel on the vehicle that was not damaged by the collision.”