Published 12/12/17 16.48 pm
A FRIEND begged a drink-driver high on cocaine not to overtake moments before their car ploughed into another vehicle in a fatal collision, an inquest has heard. John Spicer and two friends had spent July 23 riding motocross bikes, drinking in pubs and smoking cannabis, before taking cocaine and picking up the Blenheim Road, Slough resident’s girlfriend. As they drove in his silver VW Golf along Winkfield Road, Windsor at around 10.30pm, Mr Spicer went to overtake the Mercedes in front, prompting passenger William Boardman to shout: “Don’t do it John, just don’t do it.” The vehicle veered over the double white lines and immediately smashed into another, on-coming Mercedes, pushing the car back and smashing in its front.When the emergency services arrived they found Mr Spicer’s car on one side with the 23 year-old thrown through the driver’s side window. He was declared dead at the scene. In the opposite car was Koon Yau Kwok, a well-known chef at Masterchef Chinese restaurant in Windsor who had been driving to Bracknell to cook dinner for his mother. Paramedics treated the 50 year-old as firefighters cut him from his car. He had trauma to his body and head prompting cardiac arrest. Despite their best efforts, the chef was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Wexham Park Hospital. Mr Spicer’s three passengers later recovered, one having climbed from the wreckage and fleeing the scene, only to return later. The former East Berks College student was three times the alcohol limit and was likely driving 20mph over the national speed limit at the time of the crash.Peter Bedford, senior coroner for Berkshire, said Mr Spicer would have faced criminal proceedings for death by dangerous driving had he lived. A verdict of death by road traffic collision was recorded for both men.
Transport for London has awarded a contract to improve railway stations including Iver, Langley and Taplow ahead of the introduction of Crossrail. J. Murphy & Sons Limited has been tasked with making the stations accessible as part of plans to give step-free access at all 41 stations on Crossrail, which will be known as the Elizabeth Line, in time for its full opening in December 2019. A new station building will be created at Iver, replacing the current structure which dates back to the 1920s. It will get a refurbished ticket hall including new ticket gates and information screens, as well as three new lifts. Langley and Taplow will get new lifts, footbridges, refurbished ticket halls and information screens, with the toilets and waiting rooms at Taplow also getting a revamp.
The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce , which is the fifth largest in the UK, has launched its first business manifesto to outline the key issues it will be tackling on behalf of the region’s businesses. Among these are the delivery of the third runway at Heathrow, which the chamber strongly supports, securing a ‘business-friendly’ Brexit deal, promoting the Thames Valley amongst the private and public sectors, and supporting and awarding business excellence. Chamber chief executive, Paul Britton, said: “The manifesto shows a willingness by the business community to not only challenge, but also engage Government and regional stakeholder in delivering sustained economic, social and environmental well-being. TVCC hopes to transform the Thames Valley into a ‘turbo-economy’ in future, and make it an economic powerhouse for the UK.
Older men and their loved ones were invited to enjoy mince pies and mulled wine at a meet and greet session of male support group Men’s Matters this week. The group, which offers a variety of activities and outings for men aged 60 and over, first launched in Windsor in 2015, and a Slough and Langley group began in September this year. Men’s Matters, which aims to combat loneliness and isolation, is welcomes people of all ages and gender to see how it supports its members. The event was held yesterday from 2pm to 5pm at The Longwood Park Resource Centre in Byron House, Common Road, Langley. visit www.mensmatters.org.uk for details.