Police statement regarding fatal crash in New Whittington

The statement has been issued by Derbyshire Constabulary.
The statement has been issued by Derbyshire Constabulary.

Police have moved to quell a rumour about the recent head-on collision in New Whittington in which two men died.

A number of people have contacted the Derbyshire Times to claim that a police vehicle was chasing one of the cars involved in the crash.

However, a Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said today: "We had a police car in the area that was responding on blue lights to an emergency incident, but it was not pursuing either of the vehicles involved in the collision.

"The collision, involving a Volkswagen Bora and a Ford C-Max, happened on Whittington Road at around 5pm on October 22.

"The police vehicle was travelling on the same road as the Ford and Volkswagen, and our officers came across the collision less than a minute after it happened."

The driver of the Bora, 30-year-old Newbold man Daniel Spooner, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Spooner's inquest was opened and adjourned on Friday.

Seventy-two-year-old Michael Bradshaw, of New Whittington, who was driving the C-Max, was taken by air ambulance to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield but later died.

Mr Bardshaw's inquest is due to open tomorrow.

Police, fire service personnel and paramedics all attended the collision and the road was closed for several hours.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to both men and many people have offered their condolences to the loved ones of Mr Spooner and Mr Bradshaw.

The Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman added: "Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call us on 101, quoting reference 17000457292."