Inquests held following fatal collision on the A595 at Moota

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Inquests held following fatal collision on the A595 at Moota

15th January 2010

In support for Cumbria Police Anti Drink-Drive Campaign we draw attention to the following press release:

Solicitors Polly Fletcher & Martin James provided representation for the Graham and Kennedy families.

Inquests held following fatal collision on the A595 at Moota

Inquests were held today into the deaths of five people involved in a road traffic collision on the A595 at Moota earlier this year.

At around 8pm on Saturday 12 April detectives from Cumbria CID came across a collision involving three vehicles on the A595 at Moota.

The collision involved a blue Vauxhall Astra driven by Andrew Jonathan Pattinson, 23, of Jericho Road in Whitehaven, who died at the scene. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Also involved was a Chrysler Neon. The driver, A 27-yr-old man from High Rd, Thornhill, Egremont, and his passenger, a 33-yr-old man from Ghyll Grove, Lowca, received slight injuries and were taken to West Cumberland Hospital for treatment.

The third vehicle involved was a Ford Fiesta. The vehicle was driven by Kathryn Graham, 22, from Penzance Street, Moor Row, who died at the scene. Two of her passengers also died at the scene. They were 52-yr-old Agnes Patricia Graham (known as Patricia) from Trumpet Road in Cleator Moor and 53-yr-old Mary Kennedy from Crossing Close in Cleator Moor.

The fourth and final passenger, Claire Edwards, 21, from West Croft Terrace, Lowca, was taken to West Cumberland Hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to Newcastle General Hospital where she tragically died on 16 April.

All four of the females were members of the same extended family.

A thorough collision enquiry was carried out by Cumbria Constabulary.

Tests confirmed that Pattinson had 278mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood at the time of his death. The legal drink drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. There were also traces of cocaine and other drugs in his blood.

Deputy coroner David Roberts recorded the following verdicts today at Whitehaven Magistrates Court:

Andrew Pattinson died as a result of an accident.

Kathryn Graham was killed unlawfully.

Patricia Graham was killed unlawfully.

Mary Kennedy was killed unlawfully.

Claire Edwards was killed unlawfully.

All of them died after sustaining fatal injuries in the collision.

Inspector Craig Lory from West Cumbria's Roads Policing Unit said: "The tragic consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs have been starkly highlighted by the findings of the coroner today.

"Five people lost their lives, and their families have been torn apart as a result of one collision.

"Cumbria Constabulary is committed to making the roads of Cumbria as safe as possible and we will not tolerate anyone who endangers the life of others by choosing to drive when under the influence of drink or drugs.

"This is not a job of the police alone, however, and as this collision shows, there are far worse consequences to drink driving than losing your license or ending up in jail. People need to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others, and realise that they are risking lives by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

"The number of people caught drink or drug driving rises by around 30 per cent in December, and with that in mind, we will be launching our Christmas Drink Drive Campaign next week, where we will use a mixture of education and enforcement to urge people to get home safely over the festive period by nominating a driver, using public transport or taking a cab.

"If you suspect anyone of drink driving contact the police immediately to report the matter."

A spokesperson for Andrew Pattinson's family added: "Our sympathies go out to the other families affected by this terrible tragedy. Andrew was still our son and will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him, but we hope that lessons are learned from this."