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Shauna McDonagh Biography
Traveler couple Patrick McDonagh, 19, and his pregnant wife Shauna, 18, were killed when their silver Renault Megane was driven the wrong way down the A40 motorway near Acton in west London in February 2019.
Shauna was eight months pregnant with her unborn daughter, Sienna Marie, who was to be born on Valentine’s Day that year.
Police believed they may have been involved in an armed robbery in which samurai swords were used, although it was later revealed that the couple was not related to the crime.
Shauna and Patrick from Edgeware, North West London, were pronounced dead at the scene, while a man who was also in the car was taken to hospital.
Patrick McDonagh, 19, and pregnant wife Shauna, 18, pictured together, were killed when their silver Renault Mégane was driven the wrong way down the A40 dual carriageway near Acton in west London in February 2019
A West London Coroner’s Court jury heard how police followed the car for the first time after it ran a red light.
They turned on their blue lights and pulled him over, but when an officer approached the car, he sped off.
As officers followed the vehicle, they saw the items “being thrown out the window,” the investigation heard.
The Mégane sped through several more red lights before driving onto the A40, where it reached speeds of up to 89 mph despite a temporary speed limit of 40 mph.
The police control room told officers that the vehicle could be related to an aggravated robbery in the Harrow area in which the thugs used samurai swords.
It was later revealed that the couple was not related to the crime.
Later in the chase, the Mégane took the wrong turn on the busy A road at Gypsy Corner in Acton.
Police, in three cars, were told to end the chase because she had become too dangerous.
But about a minute later, officers on the ground were informed by colleagues in a helicopter that there had been a “major impact.”
They rushed to the scene to see the burning car in the central reservation.
Police investigate the high-speed collision, which saw the couple both pronounced dead at the scene
The investigation heard how a man was seen tripping from the front passenger side door with a cut on his forehead. After officers saw that he had no weapons, they gave him first aid before an ambulance arrived.
They found Shauna lying in her backseat with her head hanging out the window.
An officer who tried to give her first aid discovered that she had no pulse.
The investigation heard from PC Corin Grant, the driver of the first car to come across the couple. He was looking for a missing person when the Megane ran a red light right in front of him.
He said: ‘I told the operator that we will just go and have a quick chat.
‘I signaled the car to stop with my blue lights, which it did, it stopped on the sidewalk.
“When the operator headed for the driver’s door, the car sped off.”
He told the jury how the car passed several more red lights before entering the A40, apparently exiting at Gypsy Corner before driving into the westbound lane heading for oncoming traffic.
He added: ‘Then he left the game, which is what we call the wrong side of the road.
So they told us to end the persecution.
About 60 seconds after we were told to end the chase, the helicopter’s comment said there had been a major impact.
The scene on the A40 near the junction of Kingsdown Avenue, Acton, west London after the crash
“I went to the scene to see that the Megane was now straddling the central reserve.
The passenger was lying in the back seat, her head propped against the door.
“I tried to do some first aid on her but she had no pulse.”
PC Rixon, another officer involved in the case, said: ‘We were informed that the vehicle had possibly been involved in an aggravated robbery with the use of samurai swords.
‘I think in the case conference that we had before this investigation was heard that it was not the case, but obviously at that point we had to act on the information that was given to us.
“When I got there, the vehicle was on fire, so I used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
‘I saw the passenger with her head hanging out of the window, I grabbed her and performed first aid on her and tried to wake her up but couldn’t get a response from her.’
When asked by Metropolitan Police lawyer Ian Skelt QC if the car could have passed the wrong side of the A40 by accident, he added: “ When it crossed, it was definitely an intentional movement. There was no loss of control. ‘
A third officer, PC Jenkinson, added: ‘The helicopter told us that the car had collided with a bus.
The car was on fire, so we stopped. PC Jackson, my operator, we have a little fire extinguisher, so he jumped with the extinguisher from the car.
The front passenger door of the Mégane opened and the third man stumbled out of the car.
My initial concern was that he might be armed given the radio transmission above, that the occupants may have samurai swords.
“ I could see that he had a laceration on his forehead and my initial concern was that he was going to be seriously injured.
“A colleague accompanied me with a first aid kit.
“ I was convinced that he might have had major injuries hidden by his clothing, but there were no obvious deformities that we could see, so we kept him comfortable while we waited for the ambulance. ”
The investigation will continue tomorrow.
In 2019, around 200 members of the travel community paid tribute to Shauna by holding a wake for the teenager at a pub on Frogmoor, High Wycombe, after her funeral in Luton, the Bucks Free Press reported.