Man and woman who died in A52 tree crash have been named

A man and woman who died in a car crash on the A52 last month have been named. Brett Rogers and Tanya Jackson were travelling westbound towards Derby just after the road’s junction with the M1 on Saturday, August 22, when the car left the road and collided with a tree. Mr Rogers, 37, the driver of the white Vauxhall Insignia, and Miss Jackson, 29, a passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

The road was closed in both directions for around six hours. Today, Tuesday, September 1, an inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned at Derby Coroner’s Court. Assistant coroner Tanyka Rawden spoke only to confirm the names and initial details of the deceased and to adjourn the inquest to a later date due to an ongoing police investigation into the crash.

The court heard how Mr Rogers was a married man, lived in Alvaston, and worked as a recovery truck driver. His provisional cause of death was recorded as head injury. The court also heard how Miss Jackson, from Stapleford, was born in Derbyshire, was single, and worked as a counter assistant at a Chinese restaurant.

Her provisional cause of death was also recorded as head injury. No further information about the circumstances of the collision was given in court at this stage. Assistant coroner Mrs Rawden adjourned the inquest until October 22, 2020.

She said: “I am not in a position to proceed with either of these inquests today as I am waiting for further information and the outcome of the police investigation.” Police are urging any witnesses to come forward with information about the crash. A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the incident.”

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