Two men killed in horror crash involving van and lorry

The family of a ‘hard-working family man’ who died in a crash near Boston said he was ‘loved by everyone’ on the day of the inquest into his death. Ian Fovargue, 46, alongside Aaron Parker, 31, died in a collision on the A17 near Boston, between Sutterton and Wigtoft, on Friday, July 23, 2021. At an inquest held in Lincoln on Wednesday, June 8, Coroner Paul Cooper determined the cause of death as road traffic collision.

The court heard Mr Parker was driving a van when it crossed the central reservation line and collided with an oncoming lorry. A toxicology report showed Mr Parker had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system and Mr Cooper concluded that he was probably fatigued from the effect of these substances. Mr Cooper read out a report from Dr Hadfield, who had seen Mr Parker relating to a diagnosis of depression dating back to November 2018.

It said in January 2021, however, “he was feeling better in himself” and had been prescribed with fluoxetine. Read more: Man charged after he allegedly exposed himself to women in Louth A witness statement by Mr Alphonso, the lorry driver who collided with the van driven by Mr Parker, was read out by PC MacNeill, a forensic collision investigator at Lincolnshire Police.

It read: “He said that he had noticed a Peugeot van about 300 metres away travelling around 50mph and, at that time, the Peugeot was in his lane travelling towards him. “Mr Alphonso stated he flashed his lights to warn the van of his presence. Mr Alphonso has stated the van did not make any attempt to avoid the collision.”

The statement also said Mr Alphonso knew the collision was “inevitable” and slowed down “close to having stopped” before they hit. PC MacNeill added: “Due to the fact that the van appeared to make no mitigating action to avoid the collision and there were no signs of braking and noticeable change in speed that combination of indications could be a conscious action on the part of Mr Parker.” However, the coroner Mr Cooper disagreed, saying: “I do not accept any suggestion that this was a deliberate action.

I am quite satisfied that Aaron had mental health issues,” but said “there was no suggestion at all that this was a deliberate action.” “From my point of view looking at the balance of probability which is the test for this particular case, I have eliminated deliberate action.” He said: “The inaction by Mr Parker could be a result of fatigue” and led to “Mr Parker no longer being in control of his vehicle.” He concluded “with no axe to grind” this was the cause of the collision.

Mr Cooper said: “The cause of death of both these young men will go down as road traffic collision.” Speaking after the inquest, the family of Mr Fovargue, who played for Peterborough Sports FC, said he was ‘loved by all’ and had a passion for football. His niece, Lauren Woods, 32, said: “He was the best. He was loved by his family and he was loved by his friends.

“He was a loving dad and uncle. He was just a generally good person. “He loved his football and he loved Manchester United.

He hated wearing blue – only red.”

Mr Fovargue’s sister, Tracey Giddings, 49, said: “He was a hard-working family man.

His life was taken away from in the prime of his life.”

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