Inquiries continue into fatal collision which led to death of 27-year-old woman

Further police inquiries are needed to allow an inquest into the death of a woman in a car crash to go ahead, a review hearing has been told.

At the time of the tragedy, Northumbria Police said she had been pronounced dead at the scene, which was between the A195 at Follingsby and the A182 Havannah Interchange.

A 35-year-old man who had been driving and 26-year-old woman were left in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after the incident, while a 33-year-old man who had been a passenger was also taken to the same hospital and was later discharged.

The collision happened on the A194 in Washington. Image copyright Google Maps.

A short pre-inquest review hearing was held into the death of Lois, 27, of Gateshead, earlier today, Tuesday, March 9, at Sunderland Civic Centre.

Assistant senior coroner Karin Welsh explained police investigating the crash had been “hampered” in their inquiries as they were waiting to interview to someone who was injured in the collision as they looked to progress matters.

Due to that reason she adjourned the inquest until the morning of Tuesday, June 22.

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In the wake of the collision Sergeant Pinner Rana, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “Our thoughts go out to Lois’ family and friends at this awful time.

“We will continue to offer them any support they need as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss.

“We are determined to get answers for Lois’ family and understand the circumstances surrounding the collision.

"We are therefore asking anybody with information to please come forward and speak to us.

“If you were travelling in the area at that time, check your dashcam footage and let us know if you saw a silver Audi S3.

“Your information, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be, could be crucial in providing Lois’ family with the answers they deserve.”

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