EXCLUSIVE: A FORMER Eastcote teacher has died in a road crash on the eve of his trial for sexual offences against children.
Robert Stringer, 56, who taught at Field End School, in Field End Road, was charged with three counts of rape and eight counts of sexually touching a girl, which allegedly took place between June and December 2007.
He was also charged with two counts of indecently assaulting another girl, said to have taken place between 1999 and 2000.
The crash took place as Stringer smashed his red Peugeot 407 into a bridge parapet on the westbound carriageway of the A41, near Bourne End in Hertfordshire, at 11.20pm last night.
Three fire engines attended the scene. At this stage no other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash.
An eyewitness who was driving in the opposite direction said: "I saw the car had flipped over and was completely ablaze, and lots of other cars had pulled over onto the hard shoulder to get out of the way."
Stringer, who lives in Shropshire but is believed to have an address in Hertfordshire, was a teacher at Field End School for several years before he resigned.
His trial was due to begin at Isleworth Crown Court today (1) but the case has been adjourned.
Police are appealing for information on the crash - call 0845 3300222 if you can help.
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