Dean Dewhurst lost his life in a car crash just near the same deadly stretch of road
In 1997, Dean Dewhurst, then aged nine, and his two brothers were in the family car when a head-on collision killed parents Julie and Phillip on the A59 near Clitheroe, Lancashire.
But in an inquest heard that 19 years later Mr Dewhurst also lost his life in a car crash – just near the same deadly stretch of road.
Ribble Valley Coroner's Court heard that like his parents, the 28-year-old was also involved in a fatal head-on collision.
Unlike his mother and father's sad death, his inquest heard he was four-and-a-half times over the legal drink drive limit when he got behind the wheel of his VW Golf last September 26th.
The 28-year old was involved in a head-on collision
I was driving towards Clitheroe when I saw a car drifting towards the middle of the road in the opposite direction
As he drove down the same busy country lane at 1.15am he was involved in a collision with a Poundbakery van and a piece of the van shot through his windscreen.
When police arrived at the scene they found a 20cm-long metal strip from the van had impaled him though his chest and pinned him to his car seat.
Mr Dewhurst, who lived in nearby Ribchester, was driving at 50mph when he lost control of his car and crashed.
Giving evidence at the inquest, Paul Stott, driver of the Poundbakery van, recalled the moments before the accident last September.
He told the inquest: "I was driving towards Clitheroe when I saw a car drifting towards the middle of the road in the opposite direction.
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He was involved in a collision with a Poundbakery van
"I flashed the lights to alert the driver, but he drove straight towards me.
"I turned the vehicle to my left and struck a stone wall. The next thing I saw was a police officer."
PC Simon Grounds, 31, was the first Lancashire Police officer on the scene in the aftermath of the crash.
He told the inquest: "On 26th September last year I was on patrol when made aware that CCTV had noticed a possible drink driver.
"As I drove towards Clitheroe, I saw a vehicle had crashed on the side of the road.
When police arrived at the scene they found a 20cm-long metal strip from the van had impaled him
"It had sustained heavy front end damage and there was debris scattered everywhere on the road.
"The passenger door had been ripped open and the roof bent inwards. The driver was not moving and I tried to get a pulse.
"He had been impaled by a piece of metal that had gone through his chest and through his back. I immediately called for assistance."
Toxicology results showed Mr Dewhurst had an alcohol level of 346 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.
Accident investigating officer PC Rick Harrison added: "The driver of the VW Golf was heavily drunk.
"He drifted onto the middle of the road and collided with the van."
Lancashire coroner Michael Singleton concluded the death was due to a road traffic accident.
He said: "My sincerest condolences to Dean's family. The injuries sustained by Dean must have been very distressing for those people trying to piece together the great tragedy."
In 1997, Mr Dewhurst, and siblings Paul, six and Liam, three, escaped with only minor cuts when the Honda Concerto saloon they were travelling in collided with a flat-back vehicle transporter.
Cllr Ian Sayers, who represents Ribchester on Ribble Valley Council, said of the family's triple tragedy: "It's a very, very sad situation."