Police seek driver as probe into student's fatal M6 crash continues

Police are to carry on their investigations to find out how a student driving back to university died after a crash on the M6.

Police seek driver as probe into student's fatal M6 crash continues

Demi Nicholson's car hit the central reservation between Junction 9 for Wednesbury and Junction 10 for Walsall and Wolverhampton at around 11.15pm on January 6.

The 21-year-old was driving back to university in Liverpool after spending her Christmas holidays with family in Gloucester, but died in hospital a day later.

An inquest was opened at the Black Country Coroner's Court yesterday and adjourned for police to continue their investigation.

Sergeant Alan Hands, from West Midlands Police's collision investigation unit, said Miss Nicholson had been driving in the motorway's outside lane before her car collided with the central reservation.

It was then hit by a BMW, which had also been travelling in the same lane.

She was treated by paramedics and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham but died on January 7.

The BMW's driver will be interviewed by police under caution within the next fortnight.

Sgt Hands said officers have studied dash-cam footage from lorries which had been using the motorway at the same time as Miss Nicholson.

The driver of a black car which had driving along the M6 is still being sought by police to help with their investigation, he said.

Senior Black Country coroner Zafar Siddique adjourned the inquest until March 8.

When Miss Nicholson died, her parents Novlet and Neville said: "Demi was a vibrant, loving 21-year-old who left a mark on everyone's life that she touched.

"Demi was travelling back to university in Liverpool, following Christmas with her family, when tragically she was involved in the collision.

"Demi also leaves behind her brother Stefan, sister Chantè, niece and nephew and so many more family and friends whose lives will never be the same again.

"Due to her infectious love of life, go-getter attitude and the love and care she showed for others, she will never be forgotten and will live forever in our hearts."

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 or email fl_collision_invest@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

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