‘Bright, enthusiastic’ young man took his own life in Derbyshire, inquest hears

A ‘bright, enthusiastic’ young man from Derbyshire took his own life, a coroner has ruled.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 1:42 pm

Andrew Burr, 24, of Manchester Road, Tintwistle, died when the car he was driving left the A6024 Woodhead Road, also known as the Woodhead Pass, on the evening of August 17 last year.

The apprentice engineer’s inquest took place at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

Andrew Burr.

Sophie Lomas, assistant coroner, told the court: “Andrew was reported as missing by his parents at 3.34pm on August 17.

“The police commenced a search which focused on the A6024 Woodhead Road.

“During the search they located Andrew’s BMW at the bottom of a ravine.

“The subsequent police investigation established that the vehicle had left the carriageway at speed and descended into the ravine below.

“There was no evidence of braking or any third party vehicle involvement.

“As a result of the collision the vehicle sustained extensive damage and Andrew, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, sustained multiple injuries which were fatal.”

Recording a conclusion of suicide, she said: “Andrew had a recent history of depression.

“He was in contact with his GP and was receiving support from his family.

“On balance, the evidence demonstrates that Andrew’s actions on August 17 were deliberate and were carried out with the intention of taking his own life.”

After Andrew died, his family said in a statement: “Andrew was a bright, enthusiastic soul and a much-loved son and brother.

“He was the person you would want there next to you if you had a problem, and nothing was too much trouble for him.

“Andrew was very well known in Tintwistle, as well as further afield, and had a wide circle of friends.

"We have been absolutely inundated with cards and messages from friends, people from his time at university and his job.

“It has been incredible to see how many people Andrew touched during his life and we are hugely thankful for everyone who has been in touch.”

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