Colette McCulloch was hit by a lorry last year while in the care of a private residential home – her mother and father say a full inquest is needed

A grieving family has demanded the replacement of the coroner investigating the death of their autistic daughter, who they say was let down by the authorities charged with keeping her safe.

Colette McCulloch, who had high-functioning autistic spectrum disorder, died aged 35 after being hit by a lorry while walking along a dual carriageway in the early hours of the morning of 28 July 2016. Diagnosed with anorexia and OCD as a child, her autism wasn’t discovered until she was 33.

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