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Dylan Crossey inquest to take place at County Hall for three days

Posted on - 14th January, 2024 - 8:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Longton & New Longton, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
Dylan Crossey died while out on his bike Pic: Tracey Milligan

A family’s seven year wait for answers about what happened to their son when he was hit by a car while out cycling may happen this week.

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Dylan Crossey was 15 when he suffered injuries and died in hospital the day after being knocked off his bike in Chain House Lane, Whitestake, on October 7 2016.

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An inquest into his death was held in 2019 but had to be abandoned after the coroner ordered Lancashire Police to hand over reports from an external investigation into the investigation into Dylan’s death.

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A week-long inquest in 2021 was halted when coroner Dr James Adely referred the matter back to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider prosecuting the driver of the BMW, which is said to have hit Dylan, David Harwood, for gross negligence manslaughter. The CPS decided that Mr Harwood, from New Longton, should not face charges – reported the Lancashire Post.

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Since 2016, Dylan’s mother Tracey Milligan, has been trying to establish what took place that night in Whitestake.

Tracey Milligan and Dylan Crossey Pic: Blog Preston

Ahead of the inquest, which is scheduled to run for three days from Monday (15 January) at County Hall, she told Blog Preston: “I won’t ever stop looking for the truth.”

Lancashire Police has faced criticism of its handling of the investigation, and the Mail on Sunday reported in May last year how three police officers are being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into the handling of the hit-and-run incident.

Dylan attended All Hallows Catholic High School in Penwortham and had dreams of becoming a professional footballer. He had trials with PNE, Manchester City and Everton and played for St Teresa’s FC and Longridge Town.

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