Family of tragic holiday hit and run victim demand answers
THE family of a young man killed while on holiday with friends in Malaga have demanded more answers about his death.
Mark Leech, aged 26, of Oxford Road, Atherton, died in the Benalmadena resort on September 21, last after being the victim of a suspected hit-and-run road smash, his inquest heard yesterday (WED).
A post-mortem examination at Salford Royal Hospital confirmed Spanish authorities findings Mr Leech died from multiple skull fractures and brain damage, caused when he was hit by a speeding Seat Ibiza at 4.30am.
Mr Leech, who was brought up in Little Hulton, received no medical care or nine minutes before emergency services raised the alarm.
A 26-year-old Spanish man is awaiting trial for manslaughter.
The car that killed Mr Leech was travelling at 60 kmph in a 50kmph zone and stopped briefly — but too far away from Mr Leech’s body for it to have been possible for the driver to check his condition.
Spanish investigations described from eyewitness reports that the driver of the Seat had swerved “erroneously” to the right when he saw Mr Leech in the middle of the road.
Mr Leech had been on a night out with friends and had been drinking from the late afternoon through to the early hours of the morning.
He walked home along the beach rather than share a taxi with his friends.
Mr Leech was hit as he tried to cross the notoriously dangerous coastal road the Avenida Antonia Machado, a dual carriageway with a central reservation.
Mr Leech’s uncle David Evans said family and friends had been left shattered by his death.
“It is now a year since Mark was taken from us and in that time the pain felt by all that loved him has not reduced at all,” said Mr Evans.
“So many people have been affected by his death, with family members suffering health problems themselves as a result.
“His close friends are a shadow of what they were.
“We have now got some answers but we want more and we want those responsible brought to justice.
“It won’t bring Mark back but it will at least give us some form of closure.”
Mr Leech’s friend, Christopher Ducker, said the group of friends had been drinking for several hours but that Mr Leech was still “capable” of walking back to their hotel alone Mr Leech’s father, Brian Leech, stressed to the coroner that his son had visited the resort of Benalmadena several times as a child and knew the area well.
Coroner Alan Walsh expressed his condolences to the family, and explained that a more in-depth inquest was not possible as he could not compel Spanish witnesses to attend.
“I’m deeply saddened by this death of a hard-working young man on holiday with his friends,” Mr Walsh said.
“Even more so because tragically it was his decision not to share a taxi with friends which ultimately cost him his life.
“I am very sorry for his family and friends.”
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