Biker speed death

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A BIKER was killed in a collision with a lamppost after he took a bend at more than double the 30mph speed limit, an inquest heard.

Precision engineer Mark Hays, aged 48, had been to an open day at a motorcycle store before the crash on August 7 in Bridge Street, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Paramedics were called to teh scene but he died from multiple injuries.

Police accident investigator Shaun Downing told the inquest Mr Hays was riding along Bridge Street in the direction of North Wingfield. The speed limit was 30mph.

He said the rider had braked on the bend, causing the bike to ‘sit up’ and travel in a straight line to the nearside.

It went up the kerb, its front end struck a lamppost, and the bike spun back into the centre of the road.

Mr Hays’ head struck the lamppost, causing his helmet to come off.

Police studied CCTV images from a nearby camera and estimated the bike’s speed at between 57 and 114mph.

Deputy North Derbyshire Coroner Nigel Anderson recorded a verdict of accidental death on Mr Hays, of Ash Court Gardens, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.