An inquest to determine the cause of the deaths of a couple who were linked to a Pinner burglary may not take place until next year.
Patrick McDonagh, 19, and heavily pregnant wife Shauna, 18, both died on the evening of February 10 when their car collided with a coach while travelling down the wrong side of the A40 in Acton.
The chase ensued after police linked the Renault Scenic the couple were travelling in with an aggravated burglary in a Pinner home on the same night.
The car was driving on the wrong side of the A40 in East Acton, west London at about 9pm when it crashed into a coach.
Following the incident, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) opened a separate investigation into the Met Police’s rationale for the pursuit and later confirmed that the couple were not at the scene of the earlier burglary.
While an inquest into their deaths was originally opened on February 21 at West London Coroners’ Court, it was quickly adjourned due to the ongoing IOPC investigation.
And while the coroner had reportedly hoped to resume the inquests in mid-May, a IOPC spokesperson told PinnerNews they could have to wait until early next year to continue, depending on when the IOPC’s investigation concludes.