BMW driver admits causing death of 'loving dad, son, brother, uncle' in tragic Accrington collision

Tom Culshaw was a beloved dad to his daughter, Daisy aged four
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A man has admitted causing the death of a devoted dad by driving a BMW dangerously.

Andrew Blackburn, 26, admitted killing Tom Culshaw, 28, through the manner of his driving when he appeared at Burnley Magistrates Court. Blackburn, of Glen Road, Manchester, also pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.

Tom, from Great Harwood, died when the BMW 118 crashed into a tree on Royds Avenue on Saturday December 10, 2022. He suffered multiple injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead soon after.


Blackburn was arrested shortly after the collision and pleaded guilty to causing the collision on Wednesday (May 22, 2024). He will be sentenced at Burnley Crown Court on August 16, 2024.

Following his death, Tom's family described him as "a loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend to so many". In a statement issued through Lancashire Constabulary, they said he was "the absolute life and soul of every part of his life", adding: "Words will never describe how much Tom will be missed.”

A fundraiser, set up for Tom's daughter Daisy, who was just four when her father was killed, has reached over £20,000. The GoFundMe page, created by Andy Taylor, said: "Anyone that knew Tom knows how much his daughter idolised him and the bond they had."

Mr Taylor said the fundraiser was a way to pay respects to Tom, and support his daughter when she reaches adulthood without the financial support her dad would have provided. The fundraiser can be found here.