A MOTORBIKE rider who reached speeds of more than 70mph on a Doncaster estate before he hit an oncoming car had been drinking heavily that day, an inquest heard.
Ian Fallowfield, whose crash helmet was not fastened, went flying through the air over another car and died from neck injuries sustained in the impact on Broomhouse Lane, Edlington, in June 2010.
The car he hit was driven by a Turkish man who should not have been on the road – but his driving was not the cause of the accident. Duran Candir, aged 32, of Lothian Road, Intake, has already served a prison sentence for causing death while uninsured and aggravated vehicle taking.
Giving evidence through an interpreter, Mr Candir said he was driving his brother’s car on a takeaway delivery when he turned out of Bernard Road.
Describing the impact he said: “As soon as I exited the road I saw it right before me, it was like there was no distance. At no stage did I have a chance to move out of his way.”
Witnesses said Mr Fallowfield, 28, a factory worker of Broomhouse Lane, had been drinking at the Last Orders pub and a blood sample showed he was three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit, with evidence of cannabis use.
Deputy Coroner Fred Curtis, recording an accidental death verdict, said the drinking and cannabis were “totally out of character” but the combination had a detrimental effect.
He was satisfied he was riding at excessive speed – between 58 and 76mph on a road with a 30mph limit – before overtaking one car and trying to overtake another when he collided with Mr Candir’s car.
“The rider took flight in the most spectacular fashion.
“I have the bizarre image of the motorcycle flying across the car’s bonnet with the rider detached but still above the motorcycle as if still riding it.
“Had Ian Fallowfield survived he would have faced serious charges relating to the manner of his driving and his condition,” he said.