Widnes Vikings pay tribute to former player following car crash

Widnes Vikings paid tribute to the tragic passing of former rugby league player Liam Walsh at the weekend.

Walsh, 23, died last year after being hit by a red Vauxhall Corsa while he was travelling on foot at the A5080 Cronton Road near the junction with College Fields, with the incident being reported at 11.52pm on Saturday, September 18.

Liam suffered serious injuries and was taken to Whiston Hospital but died a short time later.

Widnes Vikings CEO Phil Finney commented at the time: “I am devastated to hear the news of Liam’s passing this morning. Liam was a very special person and a very important part of our club for a number of years.

“He made a lasting impression on everyone he met with his sense of humour and contagious personality, he was a one off and will be remembered with great fondness by all at the club who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“We are all thinking about his family and friends at this really sad time.”

And, the Widnes club paid a great tribute to Walsh in Widnes’ 68-18 victory over Workington Town yesterday with a superbly observed minutes silence as the fans remembered one of their own.

Investigators were still wanting to want to hear from the occupants of vehicles filmed on CCTV in the area around the time of the incident.

The first was a panel van shaped vehicle, possibly a taxi, which passed the Corsa shortly before the collision occurred.

Officers also want to hear from the occupants of a dark saloon car and a London style cab, which were travelling towards Widnes on Cronton Road a short time before the collision.

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