THE family of a woman who suffered fatal injuries after accidentally driving her car off the sixth floor of a multi-storey car park say the circumstances surrounding her death will remain a mystery.

Linda Al Selmie, from Darlington, appeared to have been reversing while parking her BMW when the incident happened on January 25, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

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The 51-year-old, who met her husband, Wajhi, at college in Darlington, died from multiple injuries after the car landed near the entrance to the car park of the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex, the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Group.

An inquest at Crook Coroners Court yesterday heard an investigation was launched and found the concrete and metal barrier protecting cars from the edge of the car park had been built 16.68cm shorter than the originally designed showed and was only 90cm high.

It also should have been 110cm further in from the edge than it had been positioned.

Further tests revealed the barrier was built to withstand the appropriate pressures, although the Mrs Al Selmie’s family dispute that it was carried out using the kind of force given out by a BMW – the car she was driving at the time.

Officials at BMW said tests had shown there were no mechanical faults.

Criminal proceedings are underway over the building regulations, but not Mrs Al Selmie’s death.

Crispin Oliver, senior assistant coroner of County Durham and Darlington, told the family it had been difficult to get all the evidence he had hoped for to reach his conclusion.

He praised their hard work and determination, adding that without their help they may not even have the evidence that had been acquired.

Coming to his conclusion, he added: “This is an accident but I have obviously recorded the factual background to that. If there is significant new evidence that arises from criminal proceedings. It is available for members of the family to ask for a new inquest.”

Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Al Selmie’s sister Marjorie Carney said they had accepted that this was as much information as they were probably ever going to receive.

She said: “We will never know what caused the car to go through the barrier.

"She had a wonderful life."