Road death was ‘natural causes’

Mr Smith's overturned car
Mr Smith's overturned car
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Police have revealed that the death of a 70-year-old man whose car overturned at Much Hoole near Preston last week was “natural causes.”

The driver, named as Michael Smith of Longton, died at the scene on the A59 near to the San Marco restaurant. His car had apparently clipped a kerb and flipped over.

But in a statement Lancashire Police said: “It has now been established that the man died as a result of natural causes. His family would like to express their thanks to those who stopped to help at the scene of the collision.”

The incident closed the main Preston to Southport road for more than three hours. The Nissan X-Trail appeared to have mounted the kerb, hit a hedge annd turned over, coming to rest on its roof.

Sgt James Power of the Road Policing Unit said: “This is a tragic incident and I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who sadly died.”