Cause of death crash a mystery

Anthony McElrue
Anthony McElrue

A SCHOOLteacher took no action to stop his car ploughing head on into a tree, an inquest was told.

Anthony McElrue, an English teacher at St Bede’s, in Peterlee, crashed his Honda Civic on the A691 road at Lanchester, on the outskirts of Durham.

He was declared dead at the scene and had sustained multiple serious injuries.

Police investigations, which involved looking at the marks left by the car’s tyres and inquiries at MIRA, a world-leading car testing facility, concluded the 37-year-old did not attempt to stop the crash.

Officers concluded it could have been caused deliberately.

However, coroner Andrew Tweddle found there was no evidence to say the father-of-two from Consett had taken his life or had issues which caused him trouble.