THE heartbroken brother of a dad killed in a crash along with his 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter has spoken of his “overwhelming pain”.
Matthew Flynn shared a childhood photo of himself with brother Josh, 37, along with a moving tribute.
Mr Flynn’s brother Matthew has shared a touching photo of them as children on Facebook[/caption]
He spoke a day after Mr Flynn, his children Skylar and Cobie-Jay and the family dog Troy were killed by a suspected drunk driver as they enjoyed a Father’s Day walk in Cumbrian town Dalton-in-Furness.
“Right now my heart is broken with such an intense and overwhelming pain,” he said.
“I can’t stop thinking about you and poor Coby and Skylar.
“Love you all Josh.”
Others have also paid tribute to Mr Flynn, with one calling him a “nice lad” who “always had time to chat”, while a former school pal told of her memories of a “lovely lad who worshipped his kids”.
It is understood the children’s mum Emma was not with them at the time of the crash, but returned home to find police on her doorstep.
The 35-year-old is being looked after by friends.
A JustGiving fundraiser started for Mrs Flynn by Nicola Barnes has already raised more than £28,000.
Ms Barnes said the mum’s world “has been ripped in two”.
‘HE WORSHIPPED HIS KIDS’
A neighbour of the family, who lived in Barrow-in-Furness, said: “She is in a terrible state.
“What has happened to her is almost unbelievable. They were a lovely family and the kids were amazing.”
Mrs Flynn’s close friend Nicola Jo White said: “No words we can say will ever make this ok, but we will continue to be with our friend every step of the way, by her side.
“We love you so much and your beautiful family will be missed and remembered forever.”
Diana Burns wrote: “Emma, no words can make you feel better at such a devastating time.
“I just want to say we’re all thinking of you and here for you, any time, any day.
“Sending massive hugs, my heart’s in bits.”
Yesterday, residents of Dalton-in-Furness were invited to light a candle and remember the family at St Mary’s Church.
Reverend Ruth Crossley said the church will do all that it can to support people through the “shocking” tragedy.
Flowers and cards have been left at the scene of the crash in Abbey Road.
Mr Flynn’s brother has paid tribute to the family on Facebook, speaking of his “overwhelming pain”[/caption]
One, addressed to keen gymnast Skylar, read: “You were a great friend and I will miss you.
“You were amazing at gym.”
A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of drink driving.
The father, of Dalton, is believed to have served in the armed forces.
He remains in custody this morning.
Witnesses say the Flynns were hit when the driver of a Peugeot lost control of the car.
The vehicle mounted the pavement, collided with the family and their dog and smashed into a tree at the roadside.
Members of the public rushed to the scene to help, and one woman performed CPR in the casualties, but despite their efforts, the three died at the scene.
Neighbours have called the road “dangerous” and say there have been a number of fatalities.
Angela Walker said she ‘often dices with death’ crossing the road.
“It’s like a race track,” she said.
Police and paramedics rushed to the stretch at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
But despite the efforts of emergency responders, the three casualties died at the scene.
The driver suffered injuries that are not believed to be serious or life-threatening.
The town’s mayor Nick Perie said: “It’s an absolute tragedy.
“My heart goes out to the family.”
And Steve Nott, a Dalton councillor, said he witnessed the aftermath of the incident.
“It’s absolutely awful and devastating for all those involved and especially on Father’s Day,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Rob O’Connor from Cumbria Police said the three people killed were walking on a footpath at Ruskinville Bridge when they were hit by a silver Peugeot 206.
The car was being driven east from Barrow to Dalton, a journey of some 39 miles, at about 2.30pm.
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A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “The family are currently being supported by our family liaison officers.
“Officers are urging anyone who might have witnessed the incident or the vehicle in the area to contact T/PS 2265 Jack Stabler (Serious Collision Investigation Unit) – [email protected] or call 101 referencing incident 124 of June 6 2020.
“Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage which may have captured the collision or the moments immediately before or after.”
- To donate to the fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nicola-barnes-2
Matthew Flynn paid tribute a day after the tragedy[/caption]