Kitchener-Waterloo

Coroner's inquest into death of Cambridge's Kieran Kay to be held in March

The provincial coroner has scheduled an inquest into the death of Kieran Kay of Cambridge, who died in May 2017 while in police custody. The province's Special Investigations Unit says Kay died of acute cocaine toxicity.

Kay died in May 2017 from acute cocaine toxicity, SIU says

A coroner's inquest into the May 2017 death of Kieran Kay, 26, of Cambridge, is scheduled to take place at the Kitchener courthouse on March 9.

A coroner's inquest into the death of Kieran Kay will take place next month in a Kitchener courtroom.

Kay, 26, of Cambridge died in hospital on May 22, 2017 while in the custody of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. 

"The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Kay's death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths," said a release from Dr. Karen Schiff, the regional supervising coroner for West Region.

The inquest is scheduled to take place for five days, starting on March 9, and it's expected there will be 10 witnesses.

Paramedics were called to a home in the area of Cedar Street and Southgate Road of Cambridge on the evening of May 22. Police were called at 8:20 p.m.

While police assisted paramedics, Kay died.

The province's Special Investigations Unit determined in May 2018 there were "no reasonable grounds" to lay criminal charges against a Waterloo Regional Police Services officer in Kay's death because the cause of death was determined to be "acute cocaine toxicity."

An inquest into Kay's death is mandatory under the Coroners Act because he was in police custody at the time.