28th July1980: Alf and Renee Roberts went to a country pub to celebrate the Post Master allowing a new sub-post office in the Roberts' new shop, which was to represent a new start for the couple. As he had been drinking, Alf had to let Renee drive home, although she hadn't yet passed her driving test and Alf was less than confident about her driving skills. Alf didn't give Renee an easy time, treating the exercise as a lesson; when Renee stalled the car in a narrow lane next to roadworks, Alf got out of the car and demanded that she move to the passenger seat and let him drive. Without warning, a lorry came down the lane at full speed and hit the car head-on. Alf barely had time to warn Renee and jump out of the way, but Renee sustained critical injuries and died in hospital.
Mark Casey was a young mechanic who worked under Kevin Webster at his father Tom's garage from 1989 to 1990. For his 21st birthday, Mark was given the garage, and in 1991 he sacked Kevin for doing foreigners. Without Kevin to keep him right, the inexperienced businessman ran the garage into the ground within a year. Mark was born on 15th October1969. He was the only child of Tom and Jean Casey, businesspeople and owners of Casey's Autos in Weatherfield. At Weatherfield High, he was always getting into trouble, and once took the wheels off his teacher's car as a prank. At 19, Mark's two main passions were cars and women. He had two years experience working in garages and was a skilled mechanic but lacked discipline. When Tom bought Tilsley's Garage in Albert Road which was managed by the late Brian Tilsley's hired hand, Kevin Webster, he sent Mark to work there under Kevin, hoping that it would be an education for his son.
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