Driver, 23, dies as car hits tree on the A53 outside Loggerheads
A 23-YEAR-OLD driver has died after the car he was driving crashedinto a tree on a blackspot main road.
Thomas Chevins died at the scene of the collision on the A53 outside Loggerheads in the early hours of yesterday.
The University of York graduate, of Buntingsdale Road, Market Drayton, was driving a red BMW when he crashed on Newcastle Road, near Audley Cross Farm, at 1.10am.
The wreckage of the vehicle was found by an off-duty community first responder who was passing the scene.
The NHS volunteer called for back-up which included a rapid response vehicle, a community first responder from Loggerheads, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "On arrival, crews found a car that had suffered very significant damage.
"Unfortunately, despite best efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene. He was the only occupant of the car."
Staffordshire Police closed a stretch of the A53 between Loggerheads and Market Drayton for four hours following the crash.
North Staffordshire coroner Ian Smith is expected to open an inquest into Thomas's death early next week.
A police spokesman said: "The red BMW was the only vehicle involved in the collision. The driver was sadly pronounced dead at the scene."
Villagers in Loggerheads and Whitmore have been appealing for support to set up Community Speedwatch schemes to monitor traffic on the A53.
Thomas's death comes 20 months after motorcyclist Leah Lewis, aged 21, of Standon, died when she fell off her bike and was run over by a passing car on the A53 just outside Loggerheads.
Loggerheads Parish Councillor Della Rowley said: "The A53 is a dangerous and fast road which we've had problems with before.
"But I suppose we won't know what caused the crash until witnesses come forward.
"As a mother of four boys all around that age, three of whom are drivers, my heart goes out to the family of the young man.
"It's an inconceivable tragedy."
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact PC Matt Lovatt at Staffordshire Police's Collision Investigation Unit on 01785 234094.