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markweekesfatalfacebookAn inquest into the death of an Island man who died after driving off a cliff edge in Niton last year has reached an open conclusion.

Mr Mark Weekes, 42 and from Cowes, was found thrown from his car off the Old Blackgang Road back in September after he drove his vehicle from the top off a cliff edge, falling some 100ft into woodland below.

Police, fire, ambulance and Coastguard teams responded to the hard-to-reach incident, however Mr Weekes was declared dead at the scene.

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Coroner Caroline Sumeray reached an open conclusion at Tuesday’s inquest in Newport, saying that she could not be certain Mr Weekes intended to end his life due to high levels of alcohol in his system and the effects carbon monoxide poisoning.

The inquest heard how Mr Weekes had tried to take his own life by means of filling the car with exhaust fumes, however exited the Renault Laguna before later taking control of the car and driving over the edge to his death.

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