I was told of the fatal crash when I returned home around 6 pm. I made my way to Raymond’s home and was told that some of the family had visited the scene. The police were still sweeping away the debris and they stated that the crash was most probably caused by Raymond having a heart attack, crossing unto the wrong side of the road and crashing into an oncoming Subaru. It was later confirmed to me that the Police had also suggested this cause to he pathologist when a post-mortem was called for. Although Raymond had been given a clean bill of health to resume working, we all accepted that the Police conclusion was probably accurate.
That night,Raymond’s family asked if I would deal with his affairs and I readily agreed and some time later raised Letters of Administration for his estate . Part of that responsibility was to recover any Insurance compensation due to his estate as a result of his death in the crash.
The following day, with Raymond’s eldest son, I went to the crash site. The crash had clearly happened as Raymond was approaching a blind bend on the narrow road. Some of the debris was still lying at the side of the road, and the gouge marks were clear on the road surface and other marks on the grass verge. It was a cursory visit but later the area would be given a very detailed and professional inspection.
We made our way to the storage pound to where the two vehicles had been recovered.
Subaru Impreza WRX
The driver’s head had hit the windscreen just to his left of the steering wheel. Did that suggest that he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and did it suggest that his car was in some sort of sideways skid when it crashed ?
The roof had been cut off by the firemen at the scene to give access to Raymond, so the car might appear worse than it was. However, the crash damage was still horrendous.
We met an Insurance Assessor involved in the case. He said that, in his view, “massive speed” was involved in the crash
He pointed out to us that all four tyres on the Subaru were one-directional and all had been fitted back to front. He did not say and we did not know to ask the significance of that. It was sometime later when we found out.
He also said that he could find no record of the Subaru being insured. I knew Raymond was insured Third Party Fire and Theft and according to Police, had caused the crash, so there was no claim to be made. I didn’t follow this up and dismissed it from my mind when I saw the Police Report for the first time and a policy was listed for the Subaru.It is shown as
Norwich Union Company
Date of Issue 22 December 2002
Number NBN 58343 – cover note number
Policy Holder Glyn Carson
Vehicle number AJZ 7200
Given the lies in the rest of the Police Report which you will see shortly and even after such a long time, I am curious if this refers to an authentic policy for the Subaru. You can contact me in confidence through the Blog or through http://email@example.com
I was asked by the family to help identify Raymond’s body at Belfast City Mortuary and I agreed. We were driven there and back by a Police Officer who was appointed as the Family liaison Officer(FLO). After the formalities were over we were approached by a female member of staff. She told us that she thought we would like to know that, after examination, it was clear that Raymond did not have a heart attack on the day of the crash.The pathologist was later to write in his Report that “the old heart attack and an old stroke played no part in the fatal outcome.”
Even though the FLO heard this and the Post-mortem Report later stated this clearly, the Police would not amend their conclusions.
Much later I will relate in detail how, many years hence, the Police and the Chief Coroner combined to persuade the pathologist to change his Report. They were almost totally unsuccessful thanks to a pathologist of integrity.
Later still, I will tell you why in my view you should never accept the help of a Police Family Liaison Officer (FLO) even if you consider yourself the innocent party.
The funeral was attended by a large crowd reflecting the esteem in which Raymond was held and the tragic circumstances of his death. Carson’s wife was attending another funeral at the same time. One of our party who knew her well spoke with her, offered her sympathy and asked about Glyn’s injuries. Her reply was “Don’t concern yourself about him. He got everything he deserved” When I heard this, I was left with the distinct impression that Carson, who I did not know personally, might have a reputation reference his driving methods.
Over the coming days and weeks, people called in to my shop to express sympathy but also to tell me more about Carson’s reputation as a driver. I heard about his love of fast cars and fast driving and his convictions. I heard about his behaviour when he was a member of the local motorcycle club. I heard he was a fine mechanic,was very knowledgeable about cars and had his own well equipped garage. He was even known to service and tune the private cars of the local Police whom he knew well through his work. I decided I would need to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash just to satisfy myself that the Police had got it right. I was also told by several people that they would never accept the offer of a lift in his car because of his reckless ways.
A close member of Carson’s family confirmed to me that Carson was speaking to his wife on the phone at the time of the crash and she heard it happen. She was in her office at the time. This was confirmed by an independent witness who knew it to be true. The family member also informed me that Carson had been drinking in a club in Kells before the crash. I will detail my investigations into these matters at a later time and how the Police responded to them. As for his reputation for being a fast driver, I experienced it myself a few months later. I was travelling along the Dublin Road from Belfast International Airport towards Antrim. Just before Dungonnell Orange Hall, Carson overtook me in his replacement car at a speed I estimated to be 90 mph. I was probably doing around 60 MPH at the time. It was clear that his standard of driving had not improved after the crash.
The next post will detail the lies in the Police Report and the comparison with the lies in Carson’s first written statement. You might wonder how two independently prepared statements could mesh so accurately.