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 girlfriend 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, going from side to side, 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 Mr Williams CPR until paramedics arrived.
But a post-mortem found that 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 ‘rapid death’.
Kevin’s partner, Jade Moss, who is 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.
She said: “He drank at weekends and when the football was on. He just drank like everyone else.
“When he rang that night, I could tell he’d been drinking and I just told him to go to bed and go to sleep, because he had work in the morning.
“That was the last I heard from him.”
Witnesses described how they had seen Kevin in the Co-Op shop on Pope Lane before the accident, and he had been travelling in his car with his beloved dog, Gerrard.
Coroner Claire Hammond concluded that Kevin, known as Kev, had been under the influence of alcohol and was driving ‘erratically’.
She said: “Kev’s vehicle left the road, although it is not possible to say the reasons why.
“Maybe he lost concentration because of the alcohol, or perhaps he was distracted by the animal.”
Preston Coroner’s Court also heard that he hadn’t been wearing a seat belt.
Speaking to the Guardian, his family, including dad Roger, described the factory worker as a ‘very colourful character’ who was a keen Liverpool supporter and who ‘thought the world of his daughter.’
They added: “Kev was loved by all and had lots of friends. He enjoyed his job and was well liked at work. He will be forever loved and forever missed.”