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The inquest into the death of Tola Piper, who died in an incident on Dewsbury Road in Luton last month, opened this morning (December 22).

The 34-year-old from Bedford was struck by a car on the road on November 29 and died from his injuries that day on Dewsbury Road.

Karan Soni, 26, from Hatfield has been charged with Mr Piper’s murder and is currently on remand awaiting his next court date at Luton Crown Court.

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Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton, Emma Whitting, opened the inquest into Mr Piper’s death today.

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A report read out by the coroner’s officer said Mr Piper was hit by a vehicle which caused him to go over the bonnet, before he was then reversed over by the same vehicle.

He was declared dead by the paramedic who arrived at the scene. Mr Piper was identified using his fingerprints.

The initial cause of death was given as chest injuries, however a full post-mortem will be completed to give a full cause of death.

The coroner was unable to suspend the inquest until the full post-mortem has been completed to confirm the cause of death.

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Once that has been decided, the inquest will be suspended until the trial of Soni has concluded. No date has yet been fixed for the full inquest.

In a statement about Mr Piper’s death, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Khanna, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Piper and we ask that they are given space and privacy to grieve.

“The investigation is progressing and anyone with information that could assist our enquiries is asked to come forward.”

Bedfordshire Police asked anyone with information to call police on 101 or report online quoting Operation Mist.

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