A father and his two children killed while out on a Father’s Day walk have been named by police.

Joshua James Flynn, 37, his son Coby-Jay Flynn, 15, and daughter Skylar Flynn, 12, along with their beloved family dog Troy, died in the collision with a Peugeot 206 in Dalton, Cumbria at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

All were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 47-year-old man from the local area, has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and being over the prescribed limit of alcohol.

Flowers at the scene of the car crash in Dalton, Cumbria (PA)

The driver suffered injuries not believed to be serious, Cumbria Police said.

Neighbours shared their “intense sadness” at the family’s deaths on Sunday night.

A local woman, who didn’t want to give her name, said: “It’s horrific and it just feels heavy. We’re in disbelief.


“Whenever something like that happened would be awful but I think the fact it was Father’s Day just multiplied everything.”

The scene of the collision (PA)

Her partner, who also didn’t want to be named, added: “After I noticed the police I went to the top of the drive and looked down.

“I didn’t see the driver of the car but the door to the car was open and it had hit a tree. There were emergency vehicles everywhere, police and ambulances, and the fire brigade came down later.”

Markings from the police investigation were visible on Monday, while damaged railings from the crash had been moved to the pavement.

Police are still appealing for witnesses and for any dash cam footage that could have captured the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers are urging anyone who might have witnessed the incident or the vehicle in the area to contact T/PS 2265 Jack Stabler (Serious Collision Investigation Unit), or call 101 referencing incident 124 of June 6 2020.”

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