A man who died during a police chase on the A316 after his car collided with a lorry has been named as Benjamin Rich from Richmond .
The 37-year-old was named at an inquest which opened on Friday (February 17) at West London Magistrates Court.
Mr Rich was being pursued in a black Audi TT by police vehicles on the southbound carriageway on February 8 when he collided with a stationary HGV.
A reason for the pursuit is yet to be revealed by Metropolitan Police officers , who are now unable to give more information whilst they are investigated by an independent police watchdog.
Getwestlondon received reports of a lorry and car crash on the A316 Sunbury southbound which took place at around 4.40am.
A large stretch of the road had been closed and diversions put in place all around the busy commuter area before rush hour as police investigated.
The incident led to huge traffic delays in and around the A316 stretch on the M3 and beyond as people queued for over an hour near diversion spots.
Motorists travelling during the morning rush hour were placed on diverted routes and many reported being stuck as the A316 was closed in both directions at junction 1.
Although traffic eased up later in the day, Highways England and the police remained on the scene until the A316 reopened at around 8.30pm that evening.
The watchdog has asked people who witnessed the incident which resulted in his death to come forward and help with inquiries.
Following the incident, Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Deputy chair, Sarah Green, said: " We have an independent investigation under way and would be grateful to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or any part of the incident.
"My sympathies go out to the man's family and friends and all those affected by this tragic event."
Courts have adjourned the inquest and cannot give getwestlondon more information until a later date in two to three weeks time.
Anyone with information should contact the IPCC on email@example.com or call 0800 096 9070.
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