Coroner says M53 school bus driver died of natural causes

The driver of a school bus involved in a motorway accident resulting in the tragic death of a teenage girl passed away from natural causes, according to a statement from the coroner’s office.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for Liverpool Coroner’s Office said Mr Shrimpton’s case had been closed as his death was classed as resulting from “natural causes”.

Stephen Shrimpton, aged 40, collapsed while at the wheel of the coach, which was travelling northbound on the M53 when it struck a reservation near Junction 5 on 29 September 2023.

The day after the accident, Stephen’s family said, “Stephen sadly passed away in a traffic accident. Stephen was a loving husband and father to his wife and his wonderful children, a caring and thoughtful man who would always prioritise others over himself.

“Stephen will be sadly missed by all his friends and family. The family have requested privacy at this devastating time.”

An inquiry into 15-year-old schoolgirl Jessica Baker’s case will take place at a later time, with a preliminary hearing set for July, as stated by a spokesperson from the coroner’s office.

Image: Stephen Shrimpton/Family handout

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