Three young parents killed in 85mph roundabout crash after going to pub

Three young parents were killed in a one-vehicle crash after travelling "at excessive speed" and hitting a roundabout, an inquest heard today.

Alex Ford, 28, Scott Simpson, 28, and Jay McEvoy, 33, were killed in the devastating 85mph crash, which took place in a 40mph zone.

They were all in the same car and died when the driver lost control of the vehicle on East Prescot Road in Knotty Ash, a small area on the eastern fringe of Liverpool.

This morning, Liverpool Coroner's Court heard Miss Ford and Mr Simpson had gone to a pub in nearby West Derby and met friends, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Coroner's officer Jacqueline Gallagher said Miss Ford, Mr Simpson, and Mr McEvoy left at 11.30pm, on April 25, this year, getting in the BMW hire vehicle.

CCTV showed that plasterer Mr Simpson was the driver, online retail assistant Miss Ford the front seat passenger, and business owner Mr McEvoy the rear seat passenger.

The court heard the car was seen travelling down East Prescot Road "at excessive speed" before it collided with a brick wall structure at the roundabout, and a lamppost.

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The force of the crash caused the car to "stand up and rotate" before falling back down onto the carriageway, Ms Gallagher said, and Mr McEvoy was ejected from the BMW.

Smoke started to pour from the bonnet and a fire quickly developed before passing members of the public and police officers arrived at the scene, on April 25.

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Mr McEvoy, from West Derby, was moved to a safe area away from the car and CPR started before officers then rescued Mr Simpson and Miss Ford from the burning BMW.

All three people were rushed to different hospitals but died later.

Mr Simpson's cause of death was recorded as head injuries, Miss Ford's as a head injury, and Mr McEvoy as head and chest injuries.

Toxicology tests showed driver Mr Simpson, from West Derby, was twice over the drink-drive limit and had cannabis in his system, while Miss Ford, from Old Swan, had cannabis in her body and Mr McEvoy cannabis and cocaine.

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