Investigation into death of woman, 27, killed in Washington crash continues

A police investigation into the death of a 27-year-old woman killed in a Washington crash is continuing, a coroner has confirmed.

Lois Davidson, from Gateshead, died following a crash on the A194 in Washington on Saturday, October 3 last year.

Emergency services were called to reports a silver Audi S3 had crashed into a tree between the A195 and A182 slip roads at 10.37pm.

Police and paramedics attended the scene but Ms Davidson was tragically found dead inside the vehicle.

The 35-year-old driver and a 26-year-old female passenger were taken to hospital in a critical condition, with medics saying their condition improved in the weeks after the collision.

A 33-year-old male passenger was taken to hospital and discharged days after the crash.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation to establish the circumstances around the collision, while an inquest into Ms Davidson’s death opened on October 9.

A hearing at Sunderland Coroner’s Court on March 9 heard police investigating the incident are waiting to speak to a person injured in the crash.

Coroner Karin Welsh said: “I think the police investigating had been hampered in view of physical injuries sustained by the person they wish to interview and explore matters further.

“I understand it is likely progress may be made shortly in connection with that and therefore what I propose to do is adjourn this inquest to consider the progress or otherwise of those investigations.

“I will list this matter again on June 22, 2021 at 9.15am.”

Northumbria Police issued an appeal for anyone with information to get in touch.

The A194 westbound was closed for more than five hours to allow crash scene investigators to assess the area and a clear-up operation to take place.

The inquest will resume on June 22.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland