Father, two children killed by drunk driver on Father’s Day

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A father and his two children killed while out for a Father’s Day walk with their dog have been identified by police as they continue to question a drink-drive suspect.

Joshua James Flynn, 37, his son Coby-Jay Flynn, 15, and daughter Skylar Flynn, 12, along with their family dog Troy, died in the collision with a Peugeot 206 in Dalton, Cumbria, around 2.30pm on Sunday. All were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 47-year-old man from the local area, has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and being over the prescribed limit of alcohol.

The driver suffered non-serious injuries.

One woman, who lived near the crash scene, told the PA news agency: “There’s an intense sadness. It’s horrific and it just feels heavy. We’re in disbelief. Whenever something like that happened it would be awful, but I think the fact it was Father’s Day just multiplied everything.”

The vicar of nearby St Mary’s Church said it would be open for private prayer.

“Everybody obviously will be in real shock and there’ll be a lot of sadness and a lot of questions of why this has happened,” the Rev Ruth Crossley said.

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), or call 101 referencing incident 124 of June 6 2020.

“Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage which may have captured the collision or the moments immediately before or after.”