Yorkshire man, 20, took his own life in ‘deliberate’ crash with HGV
A Yorkshire man “deliberately drove” into the path of a HGV after suffering pressure over a police investigation, an inquest has heard. Zachary Archibald, from Whitby, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the A171. The 20-year-old died after his silver BMW 1 series crashed with a heavy goods vehicle, on the Guisborough bypass, on June 26, 2019, reports Teesside Live.
: A triple drowning tragedy in Yorkshire as three people die in open water in just three days There was a huge emergency service response and the air ambulance was called to the scene at the junction with Church Lane. An inquest was held on Monday, July 19, to look into the circumstances surrounding his death.
A post mortem examination, conducted by Dr David Scoones, concluded Mr Archibald died “due to a head injury”. To get the latest email updates from North Yorkshire Live, click here . The hearing at Teesside Coroner’s Court, in Middlesbrough, was told of the circumstances leading up to Mr Archibald’s death and how investigations were carried out by a joint police investigation unit.
Scene recreations and witness statements identified Mr Archibald was driving a “BMW 1 series when he crossed into path of a HGV vehicle”. Assistant Coroner Karin Welsh added there was no evidence of medical issues or mechanical faults. Toxicological testing also ruled Mr Archibald was “not under the influence of drink or drugs” at the time of his death.
The inquest heard evidence from Mr Archibald’s mother who told how he was under “mental pressures” due to ongoing enquiries with North Yorkshire Police.
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The investigation had caused Mr Archibald “anguish”, the inquest heard. Ms Welsh confirmed that he had left a note expressing “concerns about the offence” and “impact on future employment”. However, officers were not able to see the note as Mr Archibald’s mother had “taken steps to withhold it from officers”.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated “practical matters with regard to someone on bail and subject to curfew”. A report ruled that the police investigation had “no impact” with regard to the “death concerned”.
Emergency services at the scene of the crash (Image: Teesside Live/Katie Lunn)
The force ruled the BMW was driven into the path of the HGV vehicle. The assistant coroner also concluded Mr Archibald “deliberately drove” at another vehicle after leaving a note stating his “intention”.
She recorded Mr Archibald died from suicide.
North Yorkshire Police declined to comment on the investigation.
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