Crash victim had killer superbug

The emergency services at the scene of a car crash at Starr Gate where Jeffrey Martin lost his life.
The emergency services at the scene of a car crash at Starr Gate where Jeffrey Martin lost his life.
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A man who died after his car crashed into the sea wall was infected with MRSA which was affecting his mental health.

Jeffrey Martin, 38, appeared at court the week before his death on Saturday for threatening behaviour.

Blackpool magistrates heard Mr Martin, of Balmoral Terrace, Fleetwood, had made pleas for help to the police and hospital because of his health after being diagnosed with the infectious disease, which can spread rapidly, destroying the immune system.

Security staff at the court were forced to wear special protective clothing because of Mr Martin’s condition.

Fleetwood Town councillor Coun Terry Rogers, who represents Pharos Ward where Mr Martin lived, said: “It is tragic that a young man has died in these circumstances, and it does affect the community.

“His father is quite well known in the area and my condolences go out to him and his family.

“It’s absolutely terrible what has happened. We need to take on board the fact that a young man has lost his life.

“It’s a great loss.”

Police have confirmed Mr Martin had MRSA but said they were not contacted by Mr Martin in the 24 hours before his death.

A spokeswoman said he was arrested on May 3 by Lancashire Police and charged with using threatening words at Kennedy Kitchen, Cedar Square, Blackpool.

He was later sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and put on a year’s supervision.

The court had heard he shouted at staff and tried to get behind the counter while holding a glass bottle.

His defence lawyer said his client had been diagnosed with MRSA and Martin told police he felt his physical problems were having an effect on his mental health.

Mr Martin had to be cut free by firefighters from his car after the crash on New South Promenade at 10.40am on Saturday. He died from his injuries two hours later.

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