Three young parents died in road crash when one of them who was twice the drink-drive limit careered hire car into a roundabout at 85mph, inquest hears
- Alex Ford, 28, Jay McEvoy, 33, and 28-year-old Scott Simpson died in road crash
- Driver Mr Simpson lost control of the BMW at a junction in Knotty Ash, Liverpool
- Toxicology tests showed that Mr Simpson was twice over the drink drive limit
- In weeks following tragedy, relatives released heartfelt tributes about loved ones
Three young parents died in a road crash when one of them who was twice the drink-drive limit careered a hire car into a roundabout at 85mph, an inquest heard today.
Alex Ford, 28, and Jay McEvoy, 33, were in the BMW when 28-year-old driver Scott Simpson lost control of the vehicle at a junction in Knotty Ash, Merseyside.
Ms Ford and Mr Simpson had gone to the Deysbrook pub in West Derby and met friends where they had drinks together, heard Liverpool Coroner’s Court.
The pair then left with Mr McEvoy at 11.30pm on April 25 and got in the hire car, said coroner’s officer Jacqueline Gallagher.
Toxicology tests showed driver Mr Simpson was twice over the drink drive limit and had cannabis in his system, while Ms Ford had cannabis in her body and Mr McEvoy cannabis and cocaine.
All three who died had young children and in the weeks following the tragedy, relatives released heartfelt tributes about their loved ones.
Alex Ford (pictured above), 28, who was the front-seat passenger when 28-year-old driver Scott Simpson lost control of the car in Merseyside. One friend said: ‘Anyone who come into contact with her she always left a good impression on them – she was a loving person’
CCTV showed that plasterer Mr Simpson was the driver, online retail assistant Miss Ford the front seat passenger and business owner Mr McEvoy in the rear seat.
The car was seen travelling down the road ‘at excessive speed’ before it collided with a brick-wall structure at the roundabout and a lamppost, the inquest heard.
The force of the crash caused the car to ‘stand up and rotate’ before falling down onto the carriageway, Ms Gallagher said, and Mr McEvoy was ejected from the BMW.
Smoke began to pour from the bonnet and a fire quickly developed before passing members of the public and police officers arrived at the scene.
Mr McEvoy, from West Derby, was moved to a safe area away from the car and CPR started before officers rescued Mr Simpson and Ms Ford from the burning BMW.
All three people were rushed to different hospitals but later died.
Mr Simpson’s cause of death was recorded as head injuries, Ms Ford’s as a head injury and Mr McEvoy’s as head and chest injuries.
Sergeant Amy Murray was the senior investigating officer for Merseyside Police, and told the inquest that the BMW was travelling at 85mph at the point of collision on the 40mph road.
Jay McEvoy, 33, who was sat in the rear seat. His family said: ‘James lived his life a happy man. He always walked with a smile on his face and would actively encourage the smiles of others’
CCTV showed that plasterer Mr Simpson (above) was the driver. Relatives said: ‘Scott was an absolute amazing son, brother, father, cousin, uncle, nephew and the best friend to all’
She agreed with statements put to her by coroner Andre Rebello, who said: ‘Fortunately, nobody outside the vehicle was harmed, the driver appeared to be travelling at excessive speed and drove straight into the roundabout.
‘All three of them were probably unconscious on impact and knew nothing of the injuries sustained.’
Mr Rebello recorded conclusions of road traffic collision for all three.
He told members of the family in the Kirkdale courtroom: ‘There will be future generations who will need to remember them as people.
‘You had loving relationships to celebrate and remember.’
The family of Mr McEvoy said: ‘James lived his life a happy man. He always walked with a smile on his face and would actively encourage the smiles of others.
‘James holds a very special place in our hearts and will do for eternity.
The car was seen travelling down East Prescot Road (above) ‘at excessive speed’ before it collided with a brick-wall structure at the roundabout and a lamppost, the inquest heard
‘He is a dad, a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a cousin and a nephew, but most importantly an everlasting friend.’
Mother-of-two Ms Ford was described as a ‘free spirit’ and a ‘proud mum who adored her kids’.
One friend said: ‘Anyone who come into contact with her she always left a good impression on them – she was a loving person.’
Relatives of Mr Simpson said: ‘Scott was an absolute amazing son, brother, father, cousin, uncle, nephew and the best friend to all.
‘Scott was the most kindest, loving person with a heart of gold and nothing was too much if anyone needed his help.
‘He adored his family and was a ray of sunshine in all our lives.
‘Always the life and soul of a party, throwing a few shapes out on the dance floor, as he’d say.
‘Scott was a fabulous dad to his beautiful little boy Thomas, who he doted on.’
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