Crash victim’s family reveal health fears

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 relative of a man who died after crashing his car into the sea wall had suspicions he was “under the influence of something”, an inquest has heard.

Opening and adjourning the inquest into the death of 38-year-old Jeffrey Martin, from Balmoral Terrace, Fleetwood, coroner Anne Hind was told he had spoken with a family member before crashing his car into the wall near Blackpool Light Craft Club,on Squires Gate Lane.

The crash happened at around 10.40am on Saturday.

Mr Martin died two hours later in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after sustaining extensive injuries.

A post-mortem examination has been held by pathologists Dr Mark Sissons, who has determined the cause of death as multiple injuries.

The results of toxicology tests carried out on Mr Martin’s body have not yet been revealed.

Coroner’s officer Bob Higham told the inquest: “The deceased was known to have issues with drinking, drugs and alcohol misuse.

“On Saturday June 1 he had a conversation with a relative who suggested he was under the influence of something.

“An investigation is being carried out by the road policing unit.”

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Elderly man found with shotgun between knees

An inquest was also opened and adjourned into the case of Victor Smedley, 83, of Tarnbrook Drive, Grange Park.

Mr Smedley was found dead with head wounds with a shotgun between his knees.

Police and paramedics were called to his house after reports that a male had committed suicide with a shotgun.

Further toxicology tests are being undertaken.

Mrs Hind said: “This is a tragic case, such a very elderly gentleman who felt that he had to take this very significant action.”

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