Two friends died after a car crash during a high-speed police chase, the inquest hears
The funeral procession of Patrick ‘Paddy’ Connors who was killed. (SWNS)
Two friends died when the car they were traveling in crashed during a high-speed police chase, an inquest has heard.
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Connors, 36, and Thomas ‘Tommy’ Sharp, 29, died of chest injuries after their Mercedes C200 collided with two other vehicles during the chase in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Coroner Timothy Brennand said Tommy was behind the wheel of the powerful car on the evening of September 23, 2020.
He said that when a marked police car began to follow the couple, the Mercedes reached a speed of 87 mph and was seen crossing both sides of the road before crashing.
They crashed after a marked police car hit them, jurors were told. (Getty)
Mr Brennand said: “It appears that the Mercedes appeared to be trying to steer or steer away from what was obviously a high speed impact at the time.”
Paddy was pronounced dead at 00:48 while Tommy died at 00:56 after colliding with two Volkswagen Passats.
At the inquest, Paddy’s wife Margaret said the “fun-loving” father went to a funeral and woke up in Wigan before heading to a pub.
She didn’t know when Paddy met Tommy but said it might have been at the wake.
Margaret added: “He had friends everywhere, from one end of the traveling community to the other.
“He was very close to his family, very close to his cousins and his friends and relatives.”
The Court also heard how Tommy came from a large family, the youngest of 10 children.
He lived on a trailer park in Salford and worked as a construction worker.
He had been married to his wife Alicia for nine years and they had a son and a daughter.
She said that he “loved” her children and “loved life.”
Mrs Sharp said she last spoke to her husband at around 11pm that evening and asked him to return home, but he had not told her where he was or what his plans were.
Huge crowds gathered for the funeral after her death – despite the COVID restrictions which limited the number of mourners allowed to 30.
A horse-drawn carriage led a funeral procession which saw silver Rolls-Royces and colorful supercars follow mourners to Traveler Paddy’s funeral.
The jury’s inquiry, expected to last 10 days, continues.