Inquest to open into death of ex-Peterborough United youth coach who died on the way to historic sex abuse court case

An inquest is set to open into the death of a former Peterborough United youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on the day he was due to go on trial on historical sex abuse charges.

Michael "Kit" Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Michael 'Kit' Carson

Michael 'Kit' Carson

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The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.

Carson's trial was listed to begin at Peterborough Crown Court on January 7, but he died in a crash that morning.

Cambridgeshire Police said his red Mazda 3 left the road and went into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge.

Carson died at the scene, with no other vehicles or people involved.

The section of rural single-carriageway road is straight and has a 60mph speed limit.

Carson, of St Bartholomew's Court, Riverside, Cambridge, had worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

He was on bail at the time of his death.

An inquest is due to be opened and adjourned at Huntingdon Law Courts on Tuesday.