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Who was Melissa van der Klugt ( Journalist 34, who killed by drunk motorcyclist ) Wiki, Bio, Age, Court, Incident details, Investigations and More Facts

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Melissa van der Klugt, a foreign correspondent who covered Asia and Africa was struck by the bike when she was out jogging in London.

Christopher Perry, 40, who was three times over the limit was also killed in the crash when he was driving between 70 and 90mph in a 30mph zone.

A court heard today how her parents, who are both solicitors, want to make representations of unlawful killing in Battersea, south London on August 30 2019 at her inquest.

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Melissa van der Klugt was 34-years-old.

Their wishes were expressed to the Coroner via their lawyer during a pre inquest review hearing at Westminster Coroner’s Court.

Toxicology reports showed the driver had 108mg of ethanol in his blood compared to the legal driving limit of 80mg, the hearing was told.

Melissa died at the scene in Battersea, south London, while the driver died at St George’s Hospital in Tooting the following day.

Amy Clarke, counsel for the family, said: “It will be no surprise that Melissa’s family feel very strongly that they want to make representations about unlawful killing.”

The Coroner said he would read The Times obituary into the record at Melissa’s inquest, which is yet to be scheduled. Bernard Richmond QC said: “This is somebody who used words as a living and this is just a lovely obituary.”

Tragic accident

Melissa, also known as Missy, had worked for The Times, The Sunday Times and the BBC, before the tragic accident. Described in her obituary as tall and elegant, she wrote literary, travel, features and foreign pieces for the newspapers and her voice was being heard on the radio and podcast when she died.

Mr Richmond QC said: “It’s clear on any reading that the speed at which the driver was going was such that even if there had been more notice, he probably would not have had a chance of stopping.

“Realistically the question is even at the minimum speed, was that an acceptable speed to be driving?”

PC Jeremy Archer and DI Helen Craine will be called as witnesses to the inquest at a future date yet to be confirmed. A separate inquest will be held for the driver, who also died in the crash, later today.

Melissa’s family are expected to question whether the ethanol reading of the driver was affected by the blood transfusion he received at the scene and whether the it could have diluted the reading.

Ms Clarke said: “Mr Perry was provided with a blood transfusion on scene.

“We also know from the collision report that Mr Perry’s ethanol level in his blood we will be submitting was relevant in the assessment of how the collision occurred.

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