Pictured: Dad, daughter and son killed by suspected drink driver while on Father's Day walk

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Joshua James Flynn aged 37, and his son Coby-Jay Flynn aged 15 and daughter Skylar Flynn. (Cumbria Police)
Joshua James Flynn aged 37, and his son Coby-Jay Flynn aged 15 and daughter Skylar Flynn. (Cumbria Police)

A father, son and daughter have been killed in a road collision by a suspected drunk driver while out for a walk on Father’s Day.

Joshua James Flynn, 37, his son Coby-Jay Flynn, 15, and his daughter Skylar Flynn, 12, all died following the incident, along with their family dog Troy.

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The family were out walking on Abbey Road in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, at about 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon when they were hit by a car.

Police said the driver of the Peugeot, a 47-year-old-man from the local area, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Joshua James Flynn aged 37, and his son Coby-Jay Flynn aged 15 and daughter Skylar Flynn aged 12 all from the local area. (Cumbria Police)
Joshua James Flynn aged 37, and his son Coby-Jay Flynn aged 15 and daughter Skylar Flynn aged 12 all from the local area. (Cumbria Police)
Police and ambulance staff at the scene of Sunday's crash that left three pedestrians from the same family dead (SWNS)
Police and ambulance staff at the scene of Sunday's crash that left three pedestrians from the same family dead (SWNS)

One woman, who lives near the scene of the crash, said: "There's an intense sadness.

"It's horrific and it just feels heavy. We're in disbelief.

"Whenever something like that happened would be awful but I think the fact it was Father's Day just multiplied everything."

The scene on Abbey Road, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, where three pedestrians and their dog died in a road collision involving one vehicle on Sunday (PA)
The scene on Abbey Road, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, where three pedestrians and their dog died in a road collision involving one vehicle on Sunday (PA)
Floral tributes at the scene of a crash on Abbey Road, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, on Sunday that left three members of the same family dead (PA)
Floral tributes at the scene of a crash on Abbey Road, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, on Sunday that left three members of the same family dead (PA)

Her partner, who also did not want to be named, said: "After I noticed the police I went to the top of the drive and looked down.

"I didn't see the driver of the car but the door to the car was open and it had hit a tree.

"There were emergency vehicles everywhere, police and ambulances, and the fire brigade came down later."

The three members of the same family had been out walking their dog on Father's Day when they were hit by a car (SWNS)
The three members of the same family had been out walking their dog on Father's Day when they were hit by a car (SWNS)

On Monday morning, markings from police investigations could be seen on the road and pavement, while damaged temporary railings were on the roadside and a mark could be seen at the base of a tree.

One couple left flowers on the tree in tribute to the victims.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "It was a big shock."

Another resident said: "It is a terrible, terrible thing."

A Cumbria Police spokesperson said: “Emergency services were yesterday (June 21) at around 2:30pm the report of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle a Peugeot 206  and three pedestrians.

“The vehicle involved was a Peugeot 206.

“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 man suffered injuries not believed to be serious.”

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and three counts of causing death by dangerous driving (SWNS)
A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and three counts of causing death by dangerous driving (SWNS)

Cumbria Police have urged anyone who might have witnessed the incident or the vehicle in the area to contact T/PS 2265 Jack Stabler (Serious Collision Investigation Unit) – SCIU@Cumbria.police.uk or call 101 referencing incident 124 of 21st June 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.”

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