Family’s plea after road death tragedy

Moorside near Kirkham
Moorside near Kirkham
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A BLACKPOOL coroner has called for action on a rural Fylde road following the death of a mayoress’ son.

Christopher Beverley will write to the Lord Chancellor’s Office to raise questions about the state and speed limit on Moorside, in Treales, after the death of Sam Speak.

Sam Speak

Sam Speak

The 24-year-old was just under three times the legal drink-drive limit when he died after losing control of his Ford Fiesta in the stretch.

The car smashed through a hedge before rolling into a field on June 19.

An inquest heard Mr Speak, the son of Fylde mayoress and borough councillor Heather Speak, was not wearing a seat-belt and was thrown from the car during the crash.

The former Carr Hill High School pupil, of Roseacre Road, Wharles, had been drinking with friends in Lytham.

They had planned to get a lift or taxi home and leave the car behind. But the construction worker left the pub without saying goodbye.

He was found near his car in a field off Moorside by a passerby around 7.15am.

Reece Woodmason, from Wesham, said: “We were enjoying the night. Sam was talking about how he seriously wanted to buy a home with his girlfriend.

“Sam leaving without saying where he was going was not out of the ordinary. We thought he’d got a lift.

“I got a phone call the next day to say Sam had died, it was devastating news.”

Police found there were no defects on the car and estimated Mr Speak, who died from multiple injuries, was driving between 59mph and 73mph – the limit is 60mph.

His family today paid tribute to their beloved son.

Coun Speak said: “He was a fantastic young man and the whole family miss him.

“It’s a very dangerous road. Anyone trying to go over 40mph can be thrown off the road. I believe he was going very fast to go into that field but the road surface needs looking at – there is mossland under the road, it’s bad.”

Sam’s father Frank said: “We won’t bring him back but want to know if there will be any redress by the council about the state of the road.”

Christopher Beverley, Blackpool’s deputy coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “I feel it would be useful for me to write to the Lord Chancellor’s Office to look at the speed limit if the road is not going to be improved.”