20th Aug, 2018

Acocks Green dad died in Magaluf after being hit by speeding car - inquest finds

Sarah Mason 13th Jun, 2018

THE HEARTBROKEN family of an Acocks Green father who died in Majorca have spoken out after a coroners inquest found he had been hit by a speeding car.

Adrian O’Kane was heading home from an evening out in Magaluf when he was hit by a car while crossing the road.

The former Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School pupil was in the Spanish holiday resort for a friend’s stag weekend.

At an inquest at Birmingham Coroner’s Court it was confirmed in a Spanish police report that a 39-year-old Spanish man was arrested on suspicion of involuntary murder and drink-driving, having tested positive for alcohol and drugs.

Mary O’Kane, Adrian’s mother who lives in Acocks Green, said: “Everyone loved Adrian and we’ve been overwhelmed with the support from family and friends.

“He will be greatly missed and he would have been touched by the impact he has had on so many people.

“We now want to see justice against the driver as it’s just horrible to think that someone taking drugs and drinking while driving has taken Adrian away from us.”

An appeal for fundraising to repatriate the 40-year-old’s body and to support his two daughters received over 550 donations, raising over £30,000 in less than a fortnight.

Senior coroner Louise Hunt concluded: “I’m satisfied with the evidence that has been provided to me that I should formally record in relation to how, when and why Mr O’Kane came to his death; that he died at Carrer Pinada del Magaluf during the early hours of April 23, 2017, as a result of being hit while in the carriageway by a Ford Focus, which was travelling at excessive speed.”

Adrian’s family has instructed specialist international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to represent them at the inquest and to investigate the incident in which he was killed.

Chrissie Wolfe, an expert international personal injury solicitor at Irwin Mitchell representing the family said: “Losing Adrian was obviously devastating for the whole family and his friends as he was much-loved by them all.

“They want to see justice for his death over in Spain and hope that the authorities there will move quickly to prosecute the driver.

“We will now be working with the family he has sadly left behind to ensure they have the appropriate support for the future.”

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