Dean Miles’ mother is pushing for the speed limit to be lifted on this stretch of Yorkshire Road, saying: “We cannot allow anyone else to go through this. We just can’t.’
Image: Carol Coleman / SWNS)
A “doting” father-of-three who died in a horrific accident returned to work after coming home to make a sandwich during his lunch break, his grieving mother has revealed.
Carol Coleman, 71, said she was still looking for answers after her “perfect” son Dean Miles, 49, died after being hit by a silver Skoda Fabia on May 12.
An avid hiker, always keen to get 20,000 steps in a day, he regularly walked his car to and from his job as director.
But after going back to work on the day he was killed, Dean was hit by a Skoda Fabia at 1.50pm on a 60-mile stretch of the A6120 in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorks.
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Heartbroken Carol, mother of two and former pub manager, said he often went home from work at midday to grab a sandwich.
For the first time since his death, she said: “He was an avid hiker. He also wanted to get his 20,000 steps a day, so he left the car and walked.
“He had walked this route many, many times and he always used this route.
“As far as we know he came out at the bus shelter which is just a little further down from the Horsforth roundabout.
“He had crossed the first two lanes – it must have been clear – and he crossed the lanes and stopped in the middle.
“I guess he must have then thought it was safe for him to go straight across the next two lanes – and that’s where he got hit by a car.
“We know he died instantly.”
Carol said Dean was a dedicated father who adored his three children, ages 15, eight and four, with trips to theme parks and vacations abroad.
She said: “Dean made it a priority for families and friends to stand together.
“He was separated so he had his kids every other weekend and on the weekends when he had the three kids he did whatever he could during that time.
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“He took her to theme parks, he brought her alone to Lanzarote at Easter.
“He loved her and they loved him. He was due to go to Alton Towers with two other kids this weekend.
“He couldn’t have been a better father – he was perfect.”
She said Dean was known as the “King of Horsforth” because of his association with the area, as his friends were lost after his death.
Carol said: “The funeral proved there were over 300 people there when we had the service. His nickname was the King of Horsforth. Everyone looked up to him.
“It’s heartbreaking that we lost him so soon and so quickly – and with no answers. We just don’t know what happened that day.
“Five weeks after his death, his friends are still calling and still upset. It’s just heartbreaking. We all feel it. We are devastated.”
Despite her grief, Carol is now campaigning for the road to be reduced to a 40mph speed limit.
She said: “We can’t let anyone else go through this. We just can’t. It’s a fast lane.
“We need a speed camera. There are speed cameras everywhere but none on this part of the street.
“The speed on this road is 60mph and just after Dean is hit by the car it drops to 40mph but then it’s a stop light before you get to the roundabout.
“Police are just telling me at the moment that this is a police investigation and it could take some time. We’re still looking for answers.
“There are only two people who knew what happened that day and one is not with us.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-3-killed-horror-crash-27243299 Father of three killed in horror accident came home for a sandwich at lunchtime