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Meredith Kercher’s father found on the street before he died of pneumonia

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The father of the murdered British exchange student Meredith Kercher was found injured on a London street and taken to a hospital, where he later died.

An investigation into the death of John Kercher overheard the 77-year-old found with fractures to his arm, ankle, face and ribs but couldn’t remember how he sustained the injuries.

The hearing was told that the police, called on January 13 last year, were unable to determine whether Kercher crashed or was hit by a car in a possible hit-and-run situation due to the lack of witnesses.

He was on his way to a corner shop near his house on Windmill Road in Croydon when he collapsed, officials said, but Kercher couldn’t remember anything after he regained consciousness.

The father of four was hospitalized for treatment but died weeks later, on February 1, of pneumonia.

Despite an extensive police house search and Kercher’s son Lyle, no breakthrough CCTV footage was found and no witnesses came forward.

At the hearing, Detective Sergeant Zoe Hendrick of the Metropolitan Police said, “Two parts of CCTV were found. Since it was a dark, wet, and rainy evening, it was impossible to tell how he had got out onto the street.

“After door-to-door inquiries and media calls, nothing came to light.”

Kercher is said to have been “in distress” because he was taken to Croydon University Hospital, where doctors found low blood pressure.

Two days after being admitted, he developed some breathing problems and the doctors determined that he had developed pneumonia. His condition quickly deteriorated, and his breathing deteriorated.

It was also discovered that Kercher suffered from obstructive chronic lung disease prior to his collapse and had previously suffered a stroke. On January 17th, he was put on a ventilator and operated on.

Despite the doctors’ best efforts, Kercher did not regain consciousness when the sedatives were removed, and it was decided that after a discussion with the family, he would be transferred to the terminal care center.

The deputy coroner Dr. Julian Morris drew a narrative conclusion about pneumonia and “traumatic injuries”.

Kercher is known as the father of Meredith, a British student who was murdered in 2007 while on an exchange trip to Perugia, Italy.

Her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and American roommate Amanda Knox were convicted of their murder but were later acquitted after alleging they were involved in a sex game that went wrong.

Both were imprisoned for nearly four years but were later released, with Knox returning to the United States in 2011.

She retired and convicted in 2014 but did not appear in court in Italy. A year later this judgment was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court.

Since returning to Seattle, Knox has written several books advocating people who have been wrongly convicted, and in 2016 she participated in a Netflix documentary of the same name about her case.

Rudy Guede was also jailed for the murder of Meredith after his bloody fingerprint was found on the scene. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but released after 12 years – a decision Knox slammed publicly last year.

“I know that many, many, many people have suffered a lot because of what he did, and I am shocked to this day that he is the forgotten killer,” Ms. Knox told ABC News at the time, adding that Guede did it “not have to live with the burden of being forever associated with Meredith’s death,” as she did.

Additional reporting by SWNS

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