Image copyright PA Image caption Michael “Kit” Carson died in a auto crash on the way to his sex abuse visitation

Former youth football coach Michael “Kit” Carson has died in a automobile gate-crash on the day he was due to stand test on sexuality defamation charges.

Mr Carson, 75, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, was accused of the sexual abuse of sons under 16, from 1978 to 2009.

His Mazda left the road and reached a tree at 09:45 GMT on Monday, police have said. He died at the incident.

Peterborough Crown Court received reports of his death on Tuesday morning.

‘Defendant died’

Judge Matthew Lowe is of the view that the instance file be closed.

Jeremy Benson, prosecuting, told the court: “The defendant died yesterday morning.”

Cambridgeshire Police was indicated in a statement that Carson was repelling his red Mazda 3 when it left the road and went into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham, around seven miles east of Cambridge.

No other vehicle or person was involved, a spokesman said.

Denied charges

The court heard that his mas was eventually formally identified by his wife, Pauline Carson.

The former coach and scout had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court to 12 counts of indecent assault and one of spurring a child to engage in sexual activity.

Cambridgeshire Police said the allegations involved 11 martyrs, all boys under the age of 16.

Mr Carson had worked for Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City football clubs.

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