A devoted family man who died after his car smashed into a tree was two and a half times over the drink-drive limit.
Dad-of-one Kevin Williams, from Thurston Road, Leyland, had argued with his partner Jade Moss on the evening of his death, an inquest heard.
Eyewitnesses saw the 38-year-old’s black MG estate travelling ‘at speed’ down Pope Lane, Penwortham, at around 8.30pm on Friday, October 17.
Passer-by Michael Burns said: “He went on the wrong side of the road as he came off the roundabout. Then his back end starting fish-tailing, like he was losing control.
“He left the road between a lamppost and a hedge and hit a tree. I knew it was bad.”
Mr Burns and other drivers stopped to help, giving factory worker Mr Williams CPR until paramedics arrived.
But a post-mortem examination found the extent of his head and chest injuries, including a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain and lungs, would have lead to immediate unconsciousness and death.
Kevin’s partner, Jade Moss, mum to their 10-month old daughter Peggy Sue, said the family had been to see the lights at Blackpool before he died, and that he seemed ‘fine’.
The couple didn’t live together, and a phone call that evening lead her to believe he had been drinking, and they had a row about money.
Claire Hammond, area coroner for Preston and West Lancashire, recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Williams’s had been under the influence of alcohol and was driving ‘erratically’ at the time
His family, including dad Roger, described his son as a ‘very colourful character’ who was a keen Liverpool supporter and thought the world of his daughter.’ They added: “He will be forever loved and forever missed.”