York & North Yorkshire

Father says taxi driver 'not to blame' for son's death

The father of a man who died after being hit by a taxi in York says the driver was not to blame for what was a "tragic accident".

Dave Donaghy's 24-year-old son Chris died after getting trapped under the vehicle on Saturday 3 September.

Mr Donaghy said his son had fallen into the path of the passing taxi.

North Yorkshire Police said it was still investigating the incident and an inquest into Mr Donaghy's death has been opened and adjourned.

'Just fell'

Dave Donaghy described his son as a "smashing lad" who was simply enjoying a night-out in York when the incident happened on Lendal Bridge in the city centre.

He said: "He just fell into the road into the path of the taxi which happened to be passing and unfortunately ended up underneath it.

"I don't know how the driver is feeling but it wasn't their fault."

A page on Facebook has been set up so friends and family can pay their own tributes to Chris Donaghy.

Dave Donaghy said he had been "greatly comforted" by the comments on the page.

"It is overwhelming for me. It has clearly affected so many people it is just unbelievable really," he added.

A 48-year-old woman from Edinburgh, who was injured in the incident, remains in a stable condition in hospital.

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