Soldier from near Sheffield died after motorbike smash

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A YOUNG soldier from near Sheffield died after coming off his motorbike and striking a road sign, his inquest heard.

Danny Crowder, aged 24, suffered multiple internal injuries after his Suzuki GSXR collided with a Vauxhall Vivaro in Upper Langwith last July, while he was out riding with his best friend Peter Moody.

The soldier, who served in the Queen’s Royal Lancers and lived in Creswell for 20 years before moving to Worksop, was following his friend down the A632 towards Shirebrook when they came up behind a Peugoet 307 and a Vauxhall Vivaro, driven by Steven Burr, as they approached the junction of Rectory Road.

Mr Moody told the inquest he successfully overtook both vehicles and accelerated up the hill before the junction, but as Mr Crowder attempted to pass the vehicles, he collided with the side of the Vivaro as it slowed down in preparation to turn right.

Danny was thrown from his bike into a traffic sign, before coming to rest in the grass verge 30m away from the impact point.

He died in hospital the following day.

Recording a narrative verdict, Nigel Anderson, North Derbyshire deputy coroner, said: “I’m satisfied Mr Crowder went to carry out an overtaking manoeuvre.

“It must be beyond doubt he wasn’t aware the van was turning right, and it was his collision with the road traffic sign which proved to be fatal.”