Lancashire Constabulary – Family tribute to ‘a gentle, kind and enthusiastic soul’ following fatal collision in Blackpool

The family of Sam Cardwell, who tragically died in a collision in Blackpool yesterday (June 19), paid tribute to the 27-year-old, describing him as a “gentle, kind and enthusiastic soul”.

Officers were called to Ansdell Road at 2:05 a.m. following reports that a Benelli TNT heading for Waterloo Road came off the pavement as it negotiated a turn, climbed the curb and collided with a Honda Jazz stationary.

The pilot of the Benelli, who we now know to be Sam, was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and later transferred to Royal Preston Hospital where he sadly passed away.

In a tribute, Sam’s family said: “Sam attended Montgomery High School, Bispham which he left in 2010. He resided in the Blackpool area and will be sadly missed by his family and friends who would describe him as a gentle, kind and enthusiastic man, soul who was always happy.

“We would like to thank family and friends for their continued support and also want to thank the passers-by who helped Sam after the collision as well as the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and the Royal Preston Hospital for their care and a dignified response throughout the incident.

Sgt Andrew Hemingway, Tactical Operations West, said: “This collision tragically resulted in the death of one Sam and my thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.

“We are working to establish exactly what caused the collision and I would ask any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage who could assist our investigations to contact us.”

Anyone with information is requested to send an email [email protected] or call 101, quoting 0218 from June 19, 2021.