RL ace died after drive drink smash

Dana Wilson in action
Dana Wilson in action

A TOP international rugby player died after crashing his car into a tree in Burtonwood.

An inquest into Dana Wilson’s death heard how the Swinton Lions ace was over the drink drive limit and had traces of cocaine in his system when he died.

The hearing at Warrington Coroners Court was told Mr Wilson, 28, was found in his Fiat Punto on Forshaws Lane in Burtonwood last September.

He had been at a wedding reception the evening before.

It is believed the dad-of-three, who lived in Newton, drove himself home from the reception and crashed into the tree but was not discovered until the next morning.

A police investigation found no sign Mr Wilson had attempted to brake or avoid impact with the tree.

It is estimated he was travelling between 32 and 53mph when the crash happened.

Toxicology reports showed Mr Wilson was over the legal drink drive limit with 110mg of alcohol for every 100ml of blood - the legal limit is 80mg. There were also traces of cocaine in his system.

Mr Wilson hailed from New Zealand but represented the Cook Islands. He moved to England after the 2006 World Cup and played for Leigh and Swinton Lions.

Jean Harkin, assistant deputy coroner for Cheshire ruled Mr Wilson’s death was accidental and he died of a head injury.