THE inquests into the deaths of Abergavenny crash victims Lee Fox and Jordan Thomas began yesterday.
The two men were killed on Friday, January 8, following a two-car crash on the B4598 near Hardwick at around 10.54pm.
Yesterday Gwent coroner David Bowen opened the inquests into the deaths of the two men, Jordan Michael Lewis Thomas, 19, and Lee James Fox, 35, who were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Post-mortem investigations were carried out by pathologist Dr Majid Rashid at the Royal Gwent Hospital on January 12.
The investigations found farm hand Mr Thomas died from multiple lacerations and fractures caused by blunt vehicular trauma.
Domestic engineer Mr Fox died from multiple internal lacerations also arising from blunt vehicular trauma.
The crash involved two cars, a blue Toyota Celica and a red Citroen C2, with two people travelling in each.
Two men aged 20 and 24, also from the Abergavenny area, were also hospitalised and were subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Coroner’s officer for Gwent Police, Geoffrey Ronayne, told the inquest this morning: “Two people were arrested and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”
Gwent coroner David Bowen adjourned the inquests for three months and released the bodies of Mr Thomas and Mr Fox to their families for funeral purposes.
Earlier this month the families of the crash victims released tributes.
Mr Thomas, known as Bell, was described by his parents Gary and Michaela Thomas as a “friendly, hardworking and loving lad”.
They said: “He will be missed forever and always in our hearts.”
The partner of Mr Fox, Kim Russell, called him a “loving boyfriend, father, stepfather and friend to many”.
She said in tribute to him: “You touched everybody you met, always ready with a helping hand and a joke.
“You had overcome so much these last two years and had everything to look forward to. You may be gone from our sight but you will always be in our hearts xx.”
Anyone with information relating to the fatal collision is asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident number 504 08/01/16.