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Football coach due to go on trial for child sex offences died of brain injury

Michael Carson arriving at an earlier hearing Credit: ITV Anglia

A former youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on the day he was due to go on trial on historical sex abuse charges died of a traumatic brain injury, an inquest in Cambridgeshire has heard.

Michael "Kit" Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.

Carson's trial was listed to begin at Peterborough Crown Court on January 7, but he died when his Mazda hit a tree at Bottisham near Cambridge that morning.

Opening an inquest into his death in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire's senior coroner, David Heming, said the cause of death provided by the post-mortem examination was a traumatic brain injury.

Carson died at the scene, with no other vehicles or people involved.

The section of rural single-carriageway road where the collision took place is straight and has a 60mph speed limit.

Mr Carson died when his car hit a tree at Bottisham Credit: ITV Anglia

"It's clear that there are further investigations to be done by Cambridgeshire Police concerning the circumstances of the accident. In addition, it's routine in these types of investigations for samples to be sent for toxicological analysis and results of these specialist examinations of blood normally take approximately six weeks. "I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the wife of the deceased."

– Cambridgeshire's senior coroner, David Heming

Carson, of St Bartholomew's Court, Riverside, Cambridge, had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

He was on bail at the time of his death.

The hearing was adjourned until June 18 for a full inquest.