• College lecturer Shaun Kelly, 48, was involved in a collision in Cheshire  
  • Driver of oncoming school bus was impaled on a post following accident
  • Mr Kelly fled the scene and was found hanging in woodland two days later
  • Assistant coroner for Cheshire recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging

A college lecturer involved in a head-on collision with a school bus was found hanged days later, an inquest heard. Shaun Kelly fled the scene after the accident, in which the bus driver became impaled on a fence panel on November 4 last year.

The 48-year-old was reported missing and his body was found hanging in woodland off a nearby lane more two days later.  The inquest heard Mr Kelly was driving to work when his vehicle veered into the path of the oncoming bus at a bend on Holcroft Lane, Culcheth, Cheshire.

Mr Kelly appeared to be unhurt by the collision but the bus, which was not carrying any passengers at the time, careered through a fence. The driver was impaled on a fence post and suffered injuries to his spine and abdomen, before recovering in hospital. Witnesses tried to calm Mr Kelly but he ran away from the scene.

An off-duty police officer discovered his body hanging from a tree while walking his dog along a nearby disused railway line on Friday, November 6. The inquest heard Mr Kelly had a history of suffering from anxiety and depression, particularly in the period between 2007 and 2008. While he had not expressed any recent thoughts of self-harm or suicide, Mr Kelly appeared to be battling anxiety and had convinced himself he had cancer because of his abdominal pain, which the inquest heard had caused him stress and worry.

Mr Kelly’s family members were present as assistant coroner for Cheshire Alan Moore recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging. Mr Moore said that he could not be certain whether Mr Kelly had intentionally caused the crash or not. Mr Kelly had been involved in a collision with a school bus two days before he died. He was reported missing after he left the scene of the accident

Social media was flooded with tributes following the death of the popular teacher.  One former colleague wrote on Facebook: ‘He was an inspiration to all he taught and worked with,’ while another added: ‘One of the most influential and amazing men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. You weren’t just a tutor, you were a friend as well, I wouldn’t be at university if it wasn’t for you Shaun.’

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**STORY BY AMIE GORDON FOR MAIL ONLINE**