Man dies af­ter his car crashes and ends up in ditch

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

KAREN BRIT­TON AND STU­ART GREER

A2 9 - Y E AR- O L D man has died af­ter a car ac­ci­dent. Sean Gil­bert, from Mac­cles­field, passed away af­ter the crash on Pri­ory Lane, Up­ton Pri­ory, when his car ca­reered into a ditch af­ter hit­ting another ve­hi­cle.

Emer­gency crews rushed to the scene near Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre at around 9.20am on Satur­day and res­cued Mr Gil­bert who had be­come trapped in his Ford Fi­esta.

He was air­lifted to Royal Stoke Hos­pi­tal but sadly died from his in­juries on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Coun­cil­lor Martin Hardy, who rep­re­sents Bro­ken Cross and Up­ton ward on Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “I can­not re­mem­ber there be­ing a fatality on that road. It is a mas­sive shock.

“On week­days it can be an ex­cep­tion­ally busy road be­cause of the schools nearby.

“I am re­lieved that the ac­ci­dent didn’t hap­pen dur­ing the school run.

“It ap­pears at the mo­ment there is a lot of spec­u­la­tion as to what hap­pened.

“For now though we must re­mem­ber that this is a tragedy. A fam­ily has lost their loved one. It’s ter­ri­bly sad.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing ‘a num­ber of in­ci­dents’ Mr Gil­bert was in­volved in with his car im­me­di­ately prior to crash­ing on Pri­ory Lane.

This in­cluded smash­ing into a wall on nearby Eaglais Way not long be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

Mr Gil­bert was on his own in the car.

The driver of the other car - a Honda CRV - who was also alone, was taken to Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal but did not sus­tain in­juries.

A po­lice spokesman said: “A Ford Fi­esta had been in col­li­sion with a Honda CRV. The driver of the Fi­esta a 29-year-old Mac­cles­field man was taken to Royal Stoke Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

“Sadly on Sun­day af­ter­noon he died as a re­sult of the in­juries sus­tained.”

Friends and fam­ily have taken to the Ex­press Face­book page to pay trib­ute.

Gareth Postle­white said: “RIP sleep tight m8.”

Lynn New­ton said: “Very sad con­do­lences to fam­ily & friends x.”

Kerie Bradley added: “Rip mate xx.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the ac­ci­dent or in­ci­dents lead­ing up to the should con­tact Cheshire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 248 of Septem­ber 12.

The Cheshire coro­ner has been no­ti­fied and was await­ing pa­per­work from Mac­cles­field po­lice.

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