Fiancée’s loss after M6 chase collision horror

The Ford Focus abandoned on the hard shoulder of the M6 new Charnock Richard after a chase from South Shore. Below: Ross Waters.

The Ford Focus abandoned on the hard shoulder of the M6 new Charnock Richard after a chase from South Shore. Below: Ross Waters.

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The fiancée of a father-to-be who died on the M6 following a high speed police chase has told how his death has led her to lose the “love of her life”.

Ross Waters died after being hit by a car after he tried to run across the motorway on foot near Charnock Richard services, Chorley, following a police chase.

Ross Waters

Ross Waters

The 33-year-old had been involved in a 100mph police pursuit along the M55 and M6 after allegedly driving his car at a woman in Montague Street, South Shore.

Following a chase lasting more than 30 miles along the M55 and M6, he abandoned his Ford Focus Sport on the hard shoulder after forcing two vehicles off the road and tried to cross the motorway on foot.

He was hit by a car almost instantly on the northbound side and killed

Today, Mr Waters’ fiancée Laura Swarbrick has paid tribute to him. The mum-to-be told The Gazette: “Ross was a loving man with a bright future ahead with marriage and a baby on the way.

The Ford Focus abandoned on the hard shoulder of the M6. Below: Traffic queing after the man was struck on the M6.

The Ford Focus abandoned on the hard shoulder of the M6. Below: Traffic queing after the man was struck on the M6.

“Ross had a passion for all motorsports especially motorbikes.

“Plans were in progress to go to the TT races so he could see his favourite riders.

“He would do anything to help anybody and always would be the first to offer a helping hand.”

Officers said the incident started when Mr Waters failed to stop after the incident in South Shore, around 9.20pm on November 10.

During the pursuit Mr Waters collided with a police vehicle, which ended up careering into a field, and drove at an officer who was attempting to deploy a ‘Stinger’ device to stop the car.

As police vehicles backed off, leaving a police helicopter to track the vehicle, Mr Waters then collided with a Ford Mondeo and eventually pulled up on the hard shoulder.

It was when he tried to flee across the carriageway he was hit and killed by an oncoming car, police said.

The female driver of the car was unhurt in the collision but was left extremely distressed, according to police.

Miss Swarbrick said Mr Waters was dedicated to her, their unborn child and her two children from a previous relationship.

She said:“Everyone who was lucky enough to know Ross will deeply miss him and cherish every memory.”

The M6 was closed in both directions for around 11 hours while the incident was dealt with, sparking massive tailbacks.

Lancashire Police voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who decided not to investigate independently.

The investigation was referred back to the force and is now being handled internally.

A Lancashire Police spokesman added: “The investigation into this incident is still very much ongoing.”

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