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Melissa van der Klugt Biography
A motorcyclist who was over the driving limit while under the influence and traveling at speeds of up to 90 mph struck and killed a foreign correspondent for The Times, a court heard.
Melissa van der Klugt, who had been reporting from South Asia and Africa for The Times, The Sunday Times and the BBC, was hit shortly after 8pm on August 30, 2019 while running in Battersea, south London. .
How old is Melissa van der Klugt and Died?
Melissa van der Klugt, who covered south Asia and Africa for The Times and Sunday Times as well as the BBC, died aged 34 in August 2019. A pre-inquest review at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard the motorcyclist could have faced criminal charges over Melissa’s death – but died two days later in hospital.
Ms van der Klugt – also known as Missy
“I’m going to see the effect that the person who was driving before was in, everything that happened on the trip and what happened immediately after,” concluded Mr. Richmond.
Van der Klugt, also known as Missy, had worked for The Times, The Sunday Times and the BBC prior to the tragic accident.
Described in her obituary as tall and graceful, she wrote foreign literary, travel, reportage, and newspaper articles. She has also been heard on the radio and on podcasts.
Her exciting and prosperous career took her on adventures all over the world, including the Rohingya camps of Delhi, the cheese producers of Kenya and the foothills of the Himalayas.
Melissa’s parents, Diana and Kees and her brother Edmund
Addressing Melissa’s parents Diana and Kees and her brother Edmund, who appeared with Ms Clarke via video link, the assistant coroner said: ‘Who knows what may come out, one thing that is clear is that no one is being judged.
“We never name the driver in terms of the conclusion we reached, that’s not the purpose.
“Even though you are here, the only person who is not here is Melissa, my job is to be her advocate and answer the questions she would like to be asked.
I hope I have done my best to help you.
“Of course the family is the most important thing. One of the things that I think is really important is the way the court marks that the way someone dies does not mark their lives. ‘
Cause of Death
Ms Van der Klugt died at the scene in Battersea, south London. The driver died at St George Hospital in Tooting the next day.
The driver likely would have faced criminal prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving had he survived, the court heard.
Amy Clarke, the family’s attorney, said: “It won’t be surprising that Melissa’s family feels very strongly that they want to make statements about unlawful killings.”
Assistant Coroner Bernard Richmond QC asked Ms. Clark: ‘Do you intend at this time, if the evidence supports the possibility, to try to persuade me to find an unlawful manslaughter verdict?
“At the time when the potentials are accidents, misadventures, a narrative and illegal murders, those are the possibilities, right?”
“Yes,” Mrs. Clarke replied.
A passing Ocado van likely had dash cam footage of the accident, but the video was not saved for “various technical reasons,” the court heard.
Melissa van der Klugt Quicks and Facts
- Melissa van der Klugt, 34 was killed in collision in London on August 30, 2019
- Motorcyclist Christopher Perry, 40, who also died, was going up to 90mph
- Perry had 108mg of ethanol in his blood while the legal driving limit is 80mg
- van der Klugt parents will argue for an unlawful killing verdict at her inquest