Suspected dangerous driver named after man, 21, dies

Adam Cunliffe tragically died after being hit by a car on January 12
-Credit: (Image: Merseyside Police)

A suspected dangerous driver has been named after a man died following a crash.

Merseyside Police received a call on January 12, 2022 that a Mazda hatchback had been involved in a crash with a man on Moss Bank Lane in St Helens. Emergency services attended the scene but the man, who was later identified as Adam Cunliffe, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for the force said following a "comprehensive and complex investigation" a man has now been charged in connection with the fatal crash. Paul Whitfield, 54, of Hammond Street, in St Helens, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

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He is due to appear at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates Court this afternoon, Wednesday, June 26. Adam's dad previously paid tribute to his son, who worked as an animal technician at the University of Manchester.

The tribute said: "A much loved grandson, son, step-son, brother, step brother, cousin and a father to Alexia aged four and George aged nine months Adam was a super intelligent, lovely, polite, caring young man who was one in a million.

"He had a very promising career working at the University of Manchester as an animal technician and his potential was quickly spotted by his bosses with him destined to climb through the ranks to the top. He had the ability to light up any room he walked into with his bubbly personality and sense of humour.

"He was definitely a nanny’s boy, who was not only his nan, but his best friend. The bond between them was clear for everyone to see. All who had the pleasure in knowing Adam have been left with a lasting impression and no doubt will be impacted by his early death.

"He made me proud every day and touched the hearts of so many and will be massively missed. He was and still is my world, my everything. Love you Adam my son, until we meet again.

"I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from friends and family and would like to thank everyone for all the kind words flowers and cards. I would also like to thank Ian and Mark the Family Liaison Officers who are helping the family through the process."

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