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Inquiry launched into death of Vauxhall driver found with car in M40 central reservation

A man found dead near his car on the M40 has been named.

Sedji Sejdiu’s black Vauxhall Astra was discovered in the central reservation between exits 11 and 12 of the motorway on April 12.

At the time, police said the rental vehicle may have been in the thick undergrowth separating the two highways for about a week.

Opening an inquest into his death at Oxford Coroner’s Court this afternoon, Oxfordshire Senior Coroner Darren Salter noted the 40-year-old plasterer’s cause of death following an autopsy as ” multiple injuries.

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Summarizing a police report, Mr. Salter said highway guardrail repairs on April 12 meant drivers stuck in slow-moving traffic saw Mr. Sejdiu’s rental car in a tree in the central reserve.

“Due to the density of the trees and the speed of the traffic, neither the vehicle nor the deceased were visible until seen by slow-moving traffic,” he said.

Road officials arrived at the scene before the police. They found Mr. Sejdiu’s body near the Astra, along with a number of “personal items”.

The victim was identified to police by family members at John Radcliffe Hospital on April 20.

Although no one witnessed the crash, police believe it happened on April 5.

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Crash investigators did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances, Mr Salter said.

The coroner’s court heard that Mr Sejdiu was born in Kosovo and that before his death he lived in Walterton Road, London.

No date has been set for the inquest, although the supervising coroner said a date would be set ‘in due course’.

Earlier this month, PC Investigator Charlie Etheridge from the Joint Highway Operations Police Unit said: ‘We are calling any witnesses, or motorists who may have dash cam footage , from the incident to manifest.

“Although it has been reported to us [on April 12]we believe this may have happened around 4:20 a.m. on April 5th.

“Anyone with information or dash cam footage can make a report by calling 101 or through our website, quoting reference 43220157746.”

Police said the man’s next of kin have been identified and notified of his death.

An inquest is usually conducted when a person has suffered an unnatural death, but also in the event of a death at work, for example when a person has developed lung cancer as a result of working with asbestos.

The purpose of an inquest is to establish the identity of the deceased and how, where and when he came by his death.

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