Accidental death verdict on motorcycle crash victim, 89

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A MOTORCYCLIST died after he crashed while trying to overtake a car which was turning right, an inquest has heard.

Grandfather Henry Jarman, 89, of Millfield Road, Deeping St James, died in the collision with a Vauxhall Corsa being driven by Tracy Hartwell on the A47 near Thorney in Peterborough on June 4 this year.

An inquest into his death at Peterborough Town Hall on Tuesday heard how a crash investigation revealed Mr Jarman had put his right indicator on moments before the crash happened, as if to overtake.

Mrs Hartwell had said she had slowed down and indicated she was planning to turn right onto Knarr Fen Road before the bike collided with her car at about 12.25pm.

PC Francis Crawford, a crash investigation officer, told the hearing: “Examination of the lights on the bike showed he was indicating when the crash happened.

“This would suggest Mr Jarman had tried to overtake the car.

“There were also skid marks on the road that suggest Mr Jarman braked to prevent the crash.”

PC Crawford added that there were no mechanical defects affecting either of the vehicles.

Mrs Hartwell, 48, said: “I was travelling along the road and there were no other cars around. As I did my mirror checks to turn right, I saw a motorbike in my rear view mirror.

“I remember thinking ‘I hope he has seen me indicating’ as I knew there had been previous motorbike crashes in the area.

“I began to make a turn when there was an almighty bang and the car went into a field.

“I had no idea what had happened until I got out of the car.”

Mrs Hartwell said her 21-year-old daughter Katie, who was in the passenger seat, saw that Mr Jarman had ended up trapped under the wheel of the car.

Katie told the inquest that she stayed with Mr Jarman and held his hand while her mother went to flag down passing traffic to try and lift the car off the stricken motorcyclist, as she had seen his head move when she got out of the car.

However, he died later having suffered injuries related to being crushed.

Coroner Gordon Ryall recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He conveyed sympathies to Mr Jarman’s family, and said: “We know he had ridden motorcycles many times before and there is no evidence of a medical event taking place to cause the accident.

“It would seem he was trying to overtake the other vehicle at the time.

“Why he chose to overtake at that moment we will never know.

“It is very sad Mr Jarman died doing something he enjoyed so much.

“It is also sad for Mrs Hartwell to be involved in this collision.”