AN inquest has opened into the death of a ‘much adored’ Winsford man killed in a crash.

Jamie Lee, of Woodford Lane, was driving a blue Volkswagen Golf when his car hit a tree, Warrington Coroners’ Court heard on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old sadly died at the scene, near Chester, despite the best efforts of emergency services.

The collision happened at around 5pm on Friday, December 8, on the B5132 Station Lane, between Chester Road and Morley Lane, Dunham-on-the-Hill.

Police attended after receiving a call from the public.

Mr Lee ‘was pinned inside the vehicle and not breathing’, the court heard.

Area coroner confirmed the cause of death was ‘unnatural’.

The case will be reviewed on March 31.

An inquest date has been set for June 13.

Northwich Guardian: Jamie Lee was about to go on holiday to Thailand with friendsJamie Lee was about to go on holiday to Thailand with friends (Image: Cheshire Police)

In a tribute, his devastated family said: “Jamie was a hard-working young man who lived life to the fullest and was about to embark on a five-week holiday to Thailand with friends.

“Family and loved ones gathered at the scene of the accident this week where they paid tribute to Jamie and reflected on their time with him.

“Jamie's parents, Mark and Sarah, their partners Clare and Chris, his brother Callum and his sisters, Kelsey and Maddy have been left devastated by the loss of a much-adored son, brother and friend.

Sgt Andrew Dennison, of the Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a serious collision in which a young man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time."

Enquiries in relation to the collision remain ongoing and anyone with any information in relation to the incident should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or visit, quoting IML 1708594.