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Mum pays tribute to Cymau man killed in car crash

Published date: 19 June 2013 |
Published by: Andrew Boyd 
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A MOTHER has paid tribute to her “fantastic son” who was killed in a horrific car crash.

Kieran Arnold, 21, of Cymau, on the Flintshire-Wrexham border, died at the scene after a collision on the A541 at Pontblyddyn on Monday.

Floral tributes were laid at the roadside by family and friends yesterday.

Kieran was a keen bodybuilder who trained regularly at Valhalla Gym on the Rhosddu Industrial Estate in Wrexham.

His mother, Donna, said in a statement: “Kieran was a fantastic son to David and me and a loving big brother to Aaron, eight and Steffan, six.

“Kieran was a keen bodybuilder who enjoyed all sorts of sports, including football and generally keeping fit.

“He was well thought of within his work as a plumber and was a hard-working lad with drive and ambition and aspired to start his own business.

“Kieran was a handsome young man who spent most of his time with his long-term girlfriend, Lizzie.

“David and I extend our deepest thanks to all our family and friends for their help and support throughout this devastating event.”

The owner of Valhalla gym, Craig Hulme, paid tribute to Mr Arnold.

He said: “He was a really nice young lad who enjoyed his training.

“He was a quiet man. Given time he would have been a very good bodybuilder.”

Mr Arnold is understood to have previously attended Ysgol Clywedog, Wrexham and most recently worked for the drainage company, Dyno Rod.

North Wales East and Central coroner John Gittins confirmed the death had been reported to him.

A Home Office post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on this morning.

“I will be able to open an inquest once the results of the post mortem are reported to me,” Mr Gittins said.

A spokesman for Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 4.55pm on Monday to reports of a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the A541 at Pontblyddyn.

“We sent two emergency ambulances to the scene and a rapid response vehicle.

“A man was declared dead at the scene.”

North Wales Police yesterday said a 47-year-old local man had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remained in police custody awaiting questioning.

They are appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Insp Martin Best of the North Wales Police roads policing unit said “At about 5pm on Monday a road traffic collision took place on the A541 between Pontblyddyn and Caergwrle between a silver Land Rover Discovery and white and orange Ford Transit Van in which a local man tragically sustained fatal injuries.

“We are renewing our appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information concerning it, to contact PC Mark Lightfoot at the roads policing unit by phoning 101 and quote reference RC13095250.”

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  1. Posted by: lindopski at 12:22 on 19 June 2013 Report

    The amount of people that die on that stretch, even at national speed limit that road is safe, even with drum brakes that road was safe, even with narrow gauge tyres on a morris 10 that road was safe. It nutters doing 90 down there that cause people to get killed, there is nothing wrong with the road at all - its the impatient nutters that are prolific in the UK today!

  2. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 14:35 on 19 June 2013 Report

    And, as with the accident last year, it's the innocent party that's killed.

  3. Posted by: lindopski at 14:40 on 19 June 2013 Report

    There is a bit along that road where it becomes a 30mph stretch through the village and the outskirts. Just try and stick to 30mph and see how long it is before someone is right up your back end having travelled up it at 50MPH till rudely blocked by your car with the audacity to do the speed limit. The tailgaters at 30 are a disgrace to our roads and they are EVERYWHERE. - They assist kill innocents like this chap.

  4. Posted by: Common sense at 17:10 on 19 June 2013 Report

    I suggest we wait and find out the exact cause of this awful crash before blaming the road/speeders/tailgaters.

  5. Posted by: ccp28 at 21:59 on 19 June 2013 Report

    Alcohol may have played a major factor in this innocent man killed by a reckless drink driver possibly!!!!.....thoughts are with Donna+her boys...

  6. Posted by: aeroman95 at 22:30 on 19 June 2013 Report

    What ever the cause may be, this is such a tragedy. Lets remember the young man who lost his life. Thoughts to his friends and family....You will be missed by all at the gym....RIP Kieran.

  7. Posted by: simples at 01:14 on 20 June 2013 Report

    What a lovely smile, I hope he's at peace. Thoughts are with his family and friends.

  8. Posted by: caergwrlelass at 08:58 on 20 June 2013 Report

    This road has always been bad, I can remember lots of small as well as large accidents from 30+ years ago. The only difference is that cars are faster and there is more traffic so you're more likely to hit a vehicle coming in the other direction.

  9. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 09:46 on 20 June 2013 Report

    The 30 mph limit through Pontblyddyn just needs to be extended to the start of the dual carriageway. Alternatively, I wonder if the SWAG would stump up some money to straighten out the bends?

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