Tragic crash death of son ‘with a big heart’

The scene on Chain Lane, Staining
The scene on Chain Lane, Staining
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A HEARTBROKEN mother paid an emotional tribute to her son after he died in a car crash.

Daryl Mundy, 20, from Cropper Road, Marton, died after his Citroen Saxo collided with a Vauxhall Vivaro van on Chain Lane near Staining.

Speaking at an inquest into the death of her son, Nicola Nash, 47, said: “He was a loving son and I miss everything about him.

“I will miss the way he used to say “Hi mum” and then raid my fridge.”

Mr Mundy’s sister Ashleigh, 22, added: “Daryl’s death has been a devastating blow to our family and friends.

“Daryl will always be remembered as ‘The guy with a heart too big for his chest’. He would always do everything and anything for anyone and he will be sadly missed.”

An inquest heard how Mr Mundy had a significant amount of cannabis and cocaine in his blood – enough to affect his reactions – on the night he died in October last year.

Mr Mundy, who worked as a carpet fitter, was driving along the road towards Mythop Road when he lost control of his car after taking a bend too fast.

Kevin Jackson, from Thornton, was driving the van at the time of the incident.

He said: “As I approached the right hand bend I saw head lights going around the bend and I remember thinking I had never seen a pair of lights go so quickly.”

Mr Mundy, a former St George’s pupil, who was living with his girlfriend Jena Holmes at the time, lost control of his car as he came around the corner.

He tried to correct his mistake, but could not regain control and collided with the van.

Mr Mundy had become a valued member of the workforce at Carpets of Lytham and had always had an interest in building from a young age.

His interest in mechanics continued as he got older and he regularly worked on his car and had only recently modified his Saxo to include a bodykit.

Mrs Nash told the inquest how her son had “fallen in with the wrong crowd” when he was younger but was doing well in his job.

Blackpool deputy and assistant coroner Christopher Beverley recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “It was clear the deceased was driving the Citroen Saxo at speed on Chain Lane and lost control of the vehicle.

“This is a huge tragedy when someone with clear potential dies in these circumstances.

“Many times we see it as beyond nature when people die before their parents, but it is what I would normally say is the “invincibility of youth” where they think they can get away with whatever they can.”

Mr Beverley also said people often get behind the wheel thinking drugs will not have the same effect as alcohol.

Referring to it as “the curse of alcohol and cocaine” he added: “If Daryl had not taken the substances it might have made it easier to deal with the car going out of control.

“But it is a lesson to be learned that drugs as well as drink can have consequences when getting behind the wheel of a car.”