Probe gets underway into ‘taxi death’ of young dad

Robert Dowling
Robert Dowling

AN inquest into the death of a dad who died after falling out of a taxi has been opened.

Robert Ross Dowling, 27, was the victim of an incident which happened on St George’s Bridge near the roundabout in the early hours of the morning.

He was a passenger in a black Mercedes Vito taxi and sustained serious head injuries after falling out.

Mr Dowling, of Owston Road, Carcroft, died later in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Several floral tributes have been laid in the memory of Robert, known locally as Tintin, near to where the incident happened.

The young father’s inquest was opened by Doncaster’s deputy assistant Mark Beresford and adjourned this week pending further police investigations.

Three men and two women, which included the taxi driver, were all arrested in connection with the incident.

They have been bailed until a date in April.

Mr Dowling and the five arrested were all in the taxi that was travelling out of the town centre after 2am on Wednesday, January 18.

Police confirmed “a number of people” fell out of the moving vehicle as it approached St George’s Bridge roundabout.

Officers have also said no other vehicles were involved in the incident which led to St George’s Bridge being closed all morning last Wednesday, causing rush hour traffic chaos with motorists having to be diverted on to other routes.

It is understood that the incident is no longer being treated as suspected murder or manslaughter.

South Yorkshire Police also confirmed no weapons were used in the incident after it was alleged on several social networking sites that there had been a shooting.

The investigation has now been passed from a major investigation team to the road policing group, which will be able to call on the assistance of CID officers, a force spokesman said.

Police are still seeking witnesses to the incident to come forward. Officers are urging anybody with information to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 62 of Wednesday, January 18.