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Police chase crash pair died of chest injuries

  • 2 April 2013
  • From the section London
Workers clear the scene on where two men died following a police chase
Image caption The Audi was driven through a red light before it hit a van and crashed into a bridge, police said

Two men who were killed in a police chase in north London died of multiple chest injuries, an inquest has heard.

Gregory Jones, 38, and Shaka Henry, 33, both from Islington, north London, died in South Tottenham on Friday morning, Barnet Coroner's Court was told.

They were killed when the Audi they were travelling in jumped a red light, clipped a van and then hit a bridge.

The car's 30-year-old driver tried to flee the scene but was arrested and is in custody.

According to witnesses, police tried desperately to save the two passengers but they were pronounced dead at the scene, the inquest heard.

The inquest will be delayed by up to six months while investigations by the Metropolitan Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission continue, coroner Andrew Walker said.

The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving under the influence, driving without a licence and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

He was discharged from hospital on Monday and has been bailed to return to an east London police station, police said.

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