Death smash was accident


A VERDICT of accidental death has been recorded in an inquest into the death of a pensioner who died in a car crash.

Alan McGee, 76, died after his green Toyota Corolla tried to make a right-hand turn into the Jet garage on the A181, at Wheatley Hill on the morning of October 8 last year.

The retired joiner and dad-of-two, who lived in Vicarage Estate, Wingate, was involved in an accident with a Peugeot 406 travelling in the opposite direction, as he tried to make the manoeuvre.

The other vehicle was being driven by Derek Bradley, 46, from Ferryhill.

Mr McGee, who was a joiner at Castle Eden Breweries, but retired some years ago, was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple injuries.

An inquest into Mr McGee’s death was held at Chester-le-Street magistrates’ Court where coroner Oliver Longstaff recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Bradley had suffered minor injuries in the incident, and was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City, and the road was closed for almost four-and-a-half hours while the scene was cleared and as police carried out an investigation.

Mr McGee, who was married to Elizabeth, known locally as Betty, was dad to Alan junior and daughter Karen, who are both in their 40s and he was also a granddad.