Coroner to investigate death of 'gorgeous mum'

23:54, Jun 18 2013

Police have completed their investigation into the death of a young Christchurch mother who fell from a moving vehicle, and say they have ruled out foul play.

The matter has now been referred to the coroner to determine the cause of her death.

Libby Francis McKay, 27, died in Christchurch Hospital on Friday from injuries she sustained after she fell out the door of a Toyota Hilux driven by her partner, Michael Brown, about 2am on June 9.

The Press understands McKay's family is still in the dark about what caused her to fall. Brown had been asked not to attend her funeral today.

Last week, police said the car was travelling about 70kmh when the incident happened on Halswell Junction Rd.

Brown had stopped after the accident and phoned emergency services. Brown and McKay returned to their home in Branston St, from which she was taken to hospital.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Stewart said today the death was not considered suspicious.


Police have examined the vehicle, and the door from which McKay fell was found to be in working order.

Detective Inspector Virginia Le Bas said yesterday police completed their inquiries at the weekend and passed the case to the coroner.

She would not be drawn on the outcome of the police inquiry pending a coroner's investigation.

McKay, mother to a 3-year-old boy, remained in a critical condition on life support until her death.

A relative of McKay, who did not wish to be identified, said the fortnight since the incident had been "hell".

McKay was "absolutely beautiful" and her death was "a waste of life".

Brown declined to speak to The Press yesterday, but posted a message on Facebook to "a gourgous great mum, a best fiend, a person who all put others before herself and a person who had the crazyest most out going personality ever [sic]".

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