'Former youth football coach and scout Michael "Kit" Carson has died in a car crash the day before he was due to stand trial accused of sexually abusing boys, Peterborough Crown Court has heard.
Carson, 75, was scheduled to face the charges of historical sexual abuse of boys aged under 16 on Tuesday, but died when he drove his Mazda 3 into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning.
Cambridgeshire Police said: "Michael Carson, 75, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Cambridge, was driving his red Mazda 3 at about 9.45am when it left the road and crashed into a tree.
"Emergency services attempted to save Mr Carson’s life but he was declared dead at the scene a short time later. No other vehicle or person was involved in the collision.
"The victims have been informed and efforts are being made to contact all the witnesses."
Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
He was bailed following an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court, and was due to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday for trial.
Carson, of St Bartholomew's Court, Riverside, Cambridge, worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United.
Cambridgeshire Police said the allegations involved 11 victims, all boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.'
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