Three young parents killed after car 'travelling 85mph' crashed into roundabout after day out together

THREE young parents have been killed after their car travelling 85 mph crashed into a roundabout after a day out together, an inquest has heard.

Alex Ford, 28, Scott Simpson, 28, and Jay McEvoy, 33, died when the driver of their BMW lost control of the vehicle on East Prescot Road in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.



Liverpool Coroner’s Court today heard how Miss Ford and Mr Simpson had met friends for drinks at the Deysbrook pub in West Derby on April 25.

At 11.30pm they left the pub with Mr McEvoy in their rented car with plasterer Mr Simpson driving, reports The Liverpool Echo.

The court heard how the car collided with a lampost and a brick wall at the roundabout after travelling “at excessive speed.”

The collision caused the car to “stand up and rotate”  and Mr McEvoy was ejected from the back seat of the car.

Members of the public then rang police and ambulance after they spotted smoke when the vehicle caught on fire.

The three parents were rushed to different hospitals but in a tragic triple tragedy they all later died.

Mr Simpson and Miss ford’s cause of deaths were both recorded as head injuries while Mr McEvoy died of head and chest injuries.

Coroner's officer Jacqueline Gallagher today told how toxicology tests showed driver Mr Simpson was twice over the drink drive limit and had cannabis in his system.

Meanwhile Miss Ford had cannabis in her body and Mr McEvoy had consumed cannabis and cocaine.

Sergeant Amy Murray of Merseyside Police told the inquest the BMW was travelling at 85mph on the 40mph road leading up to the roundabout.

Coroner Andre Rebello 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."

Today in court Mr Rebello told members of the young parent’s family: "There will be future generations who will need to remember them as people.

"You had loving relationships to celebrate and remember."

Ms Ford, Mr Simpson and Mr McEvoy all had young children, and their friends and family have paid tribute to the young parents.

'SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS'

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.

"He is a dad, a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a cousin and a nephew, but most importantly an everlasting friend."

Meanwhile um-of-two Alex was described as a "proud mum who adored her kids."

One of her friends said: "Anyone who come into contact with her she always left a good impression on them – she was a loving person."

And relatives of Scott 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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