Inquest date set for tragic Mansfield Woodhouse mum Sarah
The inquest into the death of popular Mansfield Woodhouse mum Sarah Redfern will open on Monday, Nottinghamshire Coroner’s Service has confirmed today (Thursday 14th August).
Sarah Redfern was injured in the incident at about 4.30am on Saturday 2nd August and died at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre two days later.
The exact circumstances of the former Manor Academy student’s death have not been revealed, but it is understood that she was returning home from Mansfield town centre at the time of the collision.
A 28-year-old man, who is understood to have been walking with Sarah at the time of the collision, received minor injuries and was treated at King’s Mill Hospital.
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A yellow Citroen D3 was in collision with the 31-year-old in Haddon Road at its junction with Woodhouse Road, and then left the scene, police said.
A 27-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
They have been released on police bail until next month.
Once the inquest is opened, it will then be adjourned for a period of time while officers investigate the causes of the death.
An inquest is a formal court hearing at which a coroner must establish who died and how, as well as when and where the death occurred.
An inquest must be held if a sudden death was violent or traumatic and should be completed within six months, but can be delayed if police bring a crown court prosecution.
Once the inquest has been formally opened, it should allow Sarah’s family to arrange her funeral.
It is understood that three other people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash and Sarah’s father Gary appealed for calm following an upsurge in public feeling.
He said: “There has been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around about what happened. I would ask that people stay calm and respectful, and show patience while officers investigate what took place that night.”
Yesterday Chad reported how dozens of floral tributes had been left at the scene of the collision by residents.
Pictured: Floral tributes left at the scene of the collision at the junction of Haddon Road and Woodhouse Road, and Sarah Redfern, who died earlier this month.