A VILLAGE has been left stunned just days before Christmas following the death of one of its residents in a road traffic collision near Kingsley Moor last Wednesday night.
The collision happened at around 8.20pm on the A52 Leek Road, Kingsley Moor, when a red Toyota Hilux was in collision with a tree.
Police have now formally identified the driver as Stephen Gould, aged 50, of Whiston Eaves Lane, Whiston.
The incident occurred during the evening’s bad storm, but it has not been disclosed if the bad weather played any part in the accident.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
A police spokesman said: “Sadly, the driver suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.
“Mr Gould’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
“The road remained closed until around 1am on Thursday, December 19, while specialist officers carried out an investigation.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent a paramedic area support officer and a responder paramedic attended the scene, which happened outside Blakeley Farm on the Leek Road in Kingsley Moor.
A spokesman for the service said: “Upon arrival, the emergency services found a car which had left the road and had been in collision with a tree.
“Sadly, it quickly became apparent to the paramedics that nothing could be done to save the single occupant of the car, a man, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent three fire engines from Cheadle, Ipstones and Longton to the scene following reports of the collision.
District and parish councillor for the area and also a Whiston resident, Elsie Fallows, said: “The village is in total shock. This is very sad news. Stephen was a very happy man and also a very nice family man.”
County councillor Mark Deaville said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of Steve’s tragic death. He was a lovely and tremendously popular man in this area, and will be sadly missed by everyone who has been fortunate enough to know him.
“Steve had such a warm person, he was the sort of man who could light a room up with his presence and his personality.
“He was devoted to his family, and my thoughts and prayers are with Jo and his family at this immensely sad time.”
One driver in the area at the time of the incident said that conditions were terrible.
The driver, who asked not to be named, told the Post & Times: “Conditions in the area changed suddenly and within minutes the weather went from fairly mild to violent winds and rain. Then it suddenly returned to a mild drizzle.”
Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 779 of December 18.