T-Rex singer killed in car smash

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Pop star Marc Bolan has been killed in a car crash in south-west London.

The 29-year-old for­mer T-Rex singer was killed in­stantly when the car be­ing driven by his girl­friend, Glo­ria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes.

Miss Jones - an Amer­i­can singer who had just re­turned from the US - broke her jaw and is suf­fer­ing from shock.

The cou­ple’s 20-month-old son was not in the car when they crashed at 0400 BST on the way to Mr Bolan’s home in Rich­mond af­ter a night out at a May­fair restau­rant.

Miss Jones’ brother - who was fol­low­ing their pur­ple mini - told po­lice the car was trav­el­ling at 30 mph (48.3 km/h) when it crashed at a no­to­ri­ous ac­ci­dent blackspot.

Phillip Evans-Lowe was driv­ing to work at a lo­cal dairy when he wit­nessed the smash.

“When I ar­rived a girl was ly­ing on the bon­net and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road - there was a hell of a mess, I rushed to get the po­lice,” he said.

Bot­tle of wine

Ac­cord­ing to the dead star’s man­ager who was with them dur­ing the evening, Miss Jones had been drink­ing mod­er­ately at the restau­rant.

“They did not have a lot to drink just a bot­tle of wine with the meal and a few af­ter,” he said.

Mr Bolan had just com­pleted a tele­vi­sion se­ries and was said to be poised to make a come­back af­ter spend­ing the last three years abroad as a tax ex­ile.

His for­mer man­ager, Tony Se­cunda, said the son of a Hack­ney porter whose real name was Mark Feld had al­ways feared he would die in a car crash. “He would never drive a car, he was al­ways scared - Marc never had a driv­ing li­cence, he re­fused to learn,” he said.

A few days af­ter the crash fans broke into Mr Bolan’s home and stole most of his pos­ses­sions.

Glo­ria Jones went back to Amer­ica af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the ac­ci­dent.

She was later sum­monsed to ap­pear in court in London on charges of be­ing un­fit to drive and driv­ing a car in a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion, but she never re­turned to face the al­le­ga­tions.

The cou­ple’s son Rolan Bolan set­tled in Los Angeles and be­came a mu­si­cian and model for cloth­ing brand Tommy Hil­figer.

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