'Amazing' dad left to die in car by friend who crashed and fled the scene

Kevin Viles was an "amazing" dad to his children Nathan, Jessica, Amber and Kaylee, and grandad to Kairo.
Kevin Viles was an "amazing" dad to his children Nathan, Jessica, Amber and Kaylee, and grandad to Kairo. -Credit:Family submitted

A grieving mum has paid tribute to her 'amazing' husband who tragically died after his friend, who was under the influence of drugs, crashed his car and left him to die. Kevin Viles, 41, had been enjoying an evening at a pub in Widnes with his friend Haydn Patterson on Monday, October 17, 2022.

After spending around two hours at the pub, they left in Patterson's Mini Cooper at approximately 5.40pm. Patterson, 30, drove towards Runcorn, crossing the Mersey Gateway bridge and onto the Central Expressway. At about 5.55pm, he turned onto the Southern Expressway where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed, reports the ECHO.

Chester Crown Court heard on Tuesday, May 14, that Patterson managed to climb out of the wreckage, spoke briefly to a witness, and then fled the scene on foot, leaving Kevin trapped in the car with severe injuries.

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Emergency services were called to the scene and Kevin was later freed from the car before being taken to Aintree University Hospital. Patterson was later found by officers at his home in Widnes, where he was seen throwing wraps of cocaine and cannabis out of the window, before again attempting to make off on foot, but was quickly located and arrested in relation to the incident.

Patterson was later taken to hospital as a precautionary measure where officers were able to conduct a breath test and take a blood sample. The results showed that he was under the influence of both cocaine and cannabis at the time of the crash – with both amounts exceeding the specified limits whilst driving.

During questioning, Patterson admitted that he was the driver of the car, but he attempted to claim that the crash had been caused by another vehicle which had driven into his lane – which was disproven by both people who witnessed the incident and the forensic collision investigator.

Despite his denial, he was later charged in relation to the incident. While in hospital, doctors found that Kevin had suffered non-survivable brain and chest injuries due to the crash, and he passed away with his family present on Friday, November 18 2022.

Patterson was sentenced to nine years in prison; to serve a minimum of six years of this sentence. On release he will remain on licence until the end of the nine year sentence He had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while over the drug drive limit (cocaine and cannabis).

Kevin Viles, from Runcorn, died age 41 after a crash on the A533 Southern Expressway. Picture of him and his wife, Emma
Kevin Viles, from Runcorn, died age 41 after a crash on the A533 Southern Expressway. Picture of him and his wife, Emma -Credit:Family submitted

He also admitted possession of class A drugs (cocaine) and possession of class B drugs (cannabis). Following, Patterson's sentencing Kevin's wife Emma paid tribute to her her husband.

She said: "Kev was not only my husband, but my best friend, my soul mate and a shoulder to cry on when I needed it. He fought so very hard to heal and recover from his injuries, to be back with me and our four children, Nathan, Jessica, Amber and Kaylee and not forgetting his precious grandson Kairo."

"Sadly Kev lost the battle on the 18th November, with myself and our daughter holding his hand all the way. I will forever be grateful for the 33 days we got to spend with you in the hospital praying and hoping every day for a miracle."

"Life is never going to be the same for any of us without him, he was our big friendly giant, who would do absolutely anything for anyone. Kev always put people before himself he was selfless and caring. Our kids meant the world to Kev and he would always go above and beyond to ensure they were his number one priority."

Haydn Patterson, of Barons Close in Widnes
Haydn Patterson, of Barons Close in Widnes -Credit:Cheshire Police

"Although you sleep in heaven now, you're not that far away, my heart is full of memories and you're with me every day. You lived your life with meaning and with a smile upon your silly face. A world that was full of happiness is now an empty place."

"Our life together had only just begun now our babies had all grown up, but now I'm here doing it all on my own wishing things were so different. I'll never understand why you Kev my husband my one and only true love, had to be taken away so soon from me."

"I miss your warmth, I miss your amazing smile, I wish I could see your face again even for a little while. I love you forever and a day Kev. In my heart I know that we will be together again in time."

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