Tragic Lancashire rugby player hit by takeaway driver after day in pub with pals

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A Lancashire rugby player was killed after being struck by a takeaway delivery man following a day in the pub with friends, a court heard.

Jordan Welsby, 26, was hit by Faisal Yasin’s Vauxhall Corsa just moments after he sent Snapchat messages to his girlfriend while behind the wheel of his car. The hearing was told how Mr Welsby had been out drinking with teammates on Boxing Day 2020 to mark the festive period.

He was crossing Prescot Road in St Helens, near to the Eccleston Arms pub, when he was stuck by Yasin’s vehicle at around 11pm. Prosecutor Kate Morley said the Blackbrook ARLFC half back, who also represented Great Britain and Lancashire at amateur level, was “catapulted into the air” as a result of the collision.


He suffered “catastrophic” head injuries and was rushed to Aintree Hospital before being transferred into intensive care unit at the Walton Centre, where he died nearly a week later on New Year’s Eve.

Yasin, of Wensley Way in Rochdale, had been driving within the 30mph speed limit at the time. Weather conditions were also said to have been “extremely poor” at the time due to Storm Bella, which brought “high winds and heavy rainfall”.

But the now 25-year-old drove “directly into” Mr Welsby without braking beforehand or attempting any evasive manoeuvre. When police checked his mobile phone, they found that he had been Snapchatting with his then partner while driving, the ECHO reports.

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