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Inquests opened into deaths of father and son killed in road tragedy

Inquests opened into deaths of father and son killed in road tragedy

Tuesday 15 August 2023

Inquests opened into deaths of father and son killed in road tragedy

Tuesday 15 August 2023


Inquests were this morning opened into the deaths of the father and son killed in a suspected hit-and-run.

Dean Lowe (48) and his 11-year-old son, Charlie, were hit by a vehicle as they walked along Rue de Fauvic in the direction of St. Clement’s Church on the evening of Saturday 5 August.

During two brief hearings lasting a combined total of 13 minutes, with no family members in attendance, Deputy Viscount Mark Harris approved the release of Dean and Charlie's bodies in order that their funerals could take place.

Police Coroner's Officer Kate Falle said that both had been pronounced dead in the Accident and Emergency Department at the General Hospital in the hours following the collision: Dean at 23:15 and Charlie at 00:01.

Advocate Harris confirmed that a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The 28-year-old man – who has not been named – was arrested in St. Helier on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and failing to stop and report the collision and later released on bail to allow for further investigations to be carried out.

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Pictured: The inquests were opened and subsequently adjourned in a hearing at Morier House this lunchtime.

Advocate Harris adjourned both inquests pending the outcome of the police investigation into what happened.

When Dean and Charlie were named by police officers, there was an outpouring of condolences and tributes on social media celebrating the "hero" dad and his "charismatic" son.

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Pictured: A fundraiser set up in memory of the father and son had reached almost £40,000 at the time of writing. 

fundraising page was set up in memory of the pair, with the aim of "having a positive impact in the island for performing arts" – one of Dean and Charlie's "passions in life".

The initial aim of the page was to raise £25,000 but, at the time of writing, it had almost reached the £40,000 mark.

DONATE...

You can donate to the Crowdfunder set up in memory of Dean and Charlie Lowe HERE.

SUPPORT...

Support is available for islanders of all ages who feel impacted by the tragic news:

Youth Enquiry Service - YES can support any young person under the age of 25 and staff are available for them to talk to. Call 0800 7350 010 or drop in Monday - Friday 14:00-18:00, or Saturday 11:00-16:00. 

Kooth - an online mental wellbeing community for young people.

Children and Families Hub - the hub is open Monday to Thursday 08:30 to 17:00, and Fridays between 08:30 and 16:30. They can be reached on the phone (01534 519000) or via email at childrenandfamilieshub@gov.je.

Listening Lounge - The counselling service is open seven days a week from 10:00 to 22:00. People can call 01534 866793 or walk in. 

Bereavement Support and Counselling (Jersey Hospice) - The service can be reached on the phone (01534 285144) or via email bereavement@jerseyhospicecare.com.

Anyone who requires urgent mental health support and help can call Adult Mental Health 24-hour crisis line: 01534 445290.

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