Coroner clears WA police over driver death

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POLICE have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of a West Australian man who sped away from officers and crashed into a brick wall.

Daniel Paul Hilder, 36, died at Royal Perth Hospital on July 8, 2016, from multiple injuries after he lost control of his car while fleeing from police.

“I am satisfied that the actions of the officers did not contribute to or cause the death,” coroner Michael Jenkin said in his findings released on Thursday.

“The tragic outcome in this case resulted from the deceased’s decision to drive away from police in a defective vehicle at excessive speed on wet roads whilst he was affected by methamphetamine and cannabis.”

Mr Jenkin noted Mr Hilder had also driven on the wrong side of the road with his lights off and narrowly avoided colliding with another road user.

He ruled Mr Hilder’s death was an accident and acknowledged it had an “incalculable effect” on Mr Hilder’s family and friends.