Man’s inquest records open verdict - four years after his death

Lyndon Crowther

Lyndon Crowther

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Questions still remain about how a Halifax man was killed - four years after his death in New York.

Lyndon Crowther, 36, died after being the victim of a hit-and-run accident when he was walking home in the snow following a night out.

Halifax Coroners Court heard police patrols from the county of Suffolk were called to Park View after neighbours had found Mr Crowther.

He was lying face down in the snow and his personal belongings were scattered nearby in a way that is common when someone had suffered a car impact.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at the scene.

A post mortem was carried out at Calderdale Royal Hospital and said the cause of death was a blunt impact trauma of the head.

Coroner Peter Straker recorded an open verdict as there was not enough evidence for one of an unlawful killing or that his death was a result of an accident.

He said that there was nothing to suggest that there was any intent by the driver to Mr Crowther or they were driving dangerously.

Mr Crowther was struck by a car on February 23, 2008 in Amityville village, New York.

Immediately after the incident, officers checked garages and paint-spray booths to trace the vehicle and driver.

Mr Crowther was a former pupil of Salterlee Primary School, Shibden, and Clare Hall Secondary School, Halifax.

He trained as a metal sheet worker and was apprenticed at Halifax Sheet Metal and Ventilation Ltd, where he worked for 10 years.

After a short spell in America he worked in Holland before returning to the US where he worked as a metal worker.

He had relatives and friends om both sides of the Atlantic.

Mr Crowther was the father of two, Ashley and Sean.

Ashley said of his father following his death: “People liked his company.”

“He was a very outgoing, fun-loving guy and he made a lot of people laugh.”

A memorial service was held in New York which was attended by 250 people.