Three young parents were killed in a horrific car accident after their vehicle hurtled into a roundabout at 85 mph, an investigation heard today.
Alex Ford, 28, Scott Simpson, 28, and Jay McEvoy, 33, were traveling together when Mr. Simpson, who was driving, lost control of the BMW rental car on East Prescot Road in Knotty Ash, at the junction with Blackmoor. Drive.
Miss Ford and Mr Simpson had gone to the Deysbrook pub in West Derby on April 25 and met up with friends where they had drinks together, they told Liverpool Coroner’s Court.
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Jacqueline Gallagher, coroner officer, said Ms. Ford, Mr. Simpson and Mr. McEvoy left at 11.30pm and got into the rental vehicle, the Liverpool Echo reports.
CCTV showed that plasterer Mr. Simpson was the driver, the online retail assistant, Ms. Ford, the front seat passenger, and the business owner, Mr. McEvoy, the back seat passenger.
The court heard that the car was seen traveling down East Prescot Road “at excessive speed” before colliding with a brick wall structure in the roundabout and a lamp post.
The force of the crash caused the car to “stand up and turn” before tumbling back onto the road, Gallagher said, and McEvoy was ejected from the BMW.
Smoke began to rise from the hood and a fire quickly developed before passing members of the public and police officers reached the scene.
Mr. McEvoy of West Derby was moved to a safe area away from the car and CPR was started before officers rescued Mr. Simpson and Ms. Ford from the burning BMW.
The three people were rushed to different hospitals, but later died.
The cause of death for Mr. Simpson was recorded as head injuries, Miss Ford as a head injury and Mr. McEvoy as head and chest injuries.
Toxicology tests showed West Derby driver Simpson was twice over the alcohol limit and had cannabis in his system, while Old Swan’s Miss Ford had cannabis on her body and McEvoy had cannabis and cocaine .
Sgt. Amy Murray, who was the Merseyside Police Chief Investigative Officer, said in the investigation that the BMW was traveling at 85 mph at the point of collision on the 40 mph highway.
She agreed with statements made by coroner Andre Rebello, who said: “Fortunately, no one outside the vehicle was injured, the driver appeared to be traveling at excessive speed and drove directly into the roundabout.
“All three were probably unconscious on impact and knew nothing of the injuries sustained.”
Mr. Rebello recorded the findings of the traffic collision for all three.
He told family members in the Kirkdale courtroom: “There will be future generations who will need to remember you as people.
“You had loving relationships to celebrate and remember.”
The three who died had young children and in the weeks after the tragedy, relatives paid sincere tributes to their loved ones.
Mr. McEvoy’s family said: “James lived his life as a happy man.
“He always walked with a smile on his face and actively encouraged the smiles of others.
“James holds a very special place in our hearts and will do so for eternity.
“He is a father, a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a cousin and a nephew, but the most important thing is an eternal friend.”
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Alex, a dedicated mom of two, was described as a “free spirit” and a “proud mom who adored her children.”
A friend said, “Anyone who came into contact with her always left a good impression on them: she was a caring person.”
Scott Simpson’s relatives said: “Scott was a son, brother, father, cousin, uncle, nephew, and best friend of all.
“Scott was the kindest and most caring person with a heart of gold and nothing was too much trouble if someone needed his help.
“He adored his family and he was a ray of sunshine in all of our lives.
“Always the life and soul of a party, throwing some shapes on the dance floor, as he used to say.
“Scott was a fabulous father to his beautiful boy Thomas, whom he adored.”
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