Double tragedy for travelling family

Shane Maughan
Shane Maughan

A member of a travelling family who died in a car crash at the weekend lost his father in a tragic accident six years ago.

Shane Maughan, 20, was killed when the Ford Mondeo he was driving collided with a taxi in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His death is a double tragedy for his relatives, the well-known travelling family the Maughans, who spent most of their time at the Newport Pagnell traveller site.

They were left reeling six years ago when Shane’s dad Patrick plunged to his death from the Runcorn Bridge.

How he came to fall has never been discovered.

Shane, then aged just 14, wrote a heartbreaking message on the St Helens Reporter’s website: “Miss you daddy thinking of you everyday love u always shanexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx.”

Known as “Patrick The Barr”, he was aged 48 when he died in March 2009.

Hundreds of travellers from across the country gathered to pay their respects at his funeral in St Helens where his family were based.

His funeral cortege was led to St Anne’s Church in Sutton by a six-horse carriage, drapped in the Irish tri-colour.

Family members and well-wishers walked alongside the cortege to bid farewell to Mr Maughan, who they dubbed “The Main Actor”, a traveller name for a popular and well-liked figure.

His son Shane was held in similar high regard among the travelling and the wider St Helens community. Tributes have described him as “too perfect for this world”.

Eileen Price Maughan wrote: “Shane the Barr, God took you back Shane, He knew you were too perfect for this world, you’ll be the most handsome angel in heaven.

“I’ll miss our chats and coffee.”

Shanice Roger said: “RIP handsome, you’ll be in your dad’s arms now looking down on the rest of the family. RIP angel, gone but never ever to be forgotten.”

Nellie-Gail Price added: “RIP Shane you were a lovely person and a great laugh. Go now and sleep with the angels you will be so missed. God bless you and all your family.”

Deano Price wrote: “RIP Shane u are the number one.”

Rachel Gilby said: “RIP God bless you and take you under his loving wings.”

The driver of the taxi, a 48 year old man, sustained serious injuries to his chest and legs and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital. The two passengers in the taxi, two women aged 58 and 38, also received head injuries. They were all from the Burnley area and are now recovering.

Sgt Malcolm Bell from the Road Policing Unit said: “This was a tragic incident which has cost a young man his life and my thoughts remain with his family and friends. Our investigations are continuing and I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact us. I am especially keen to speak to any drivers who may have been stationary in their vehicles at the traffic lights on Manchester Road and who saw the Mondeo.”

The case has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of routine after the Mondeo was spotted by a police officer on Rossendale Road prior to the collision. There was no pursuit.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number 81 of November 7.