Speeding motorcyclist with ‘heart of gold’ died after his bike hit a car in Sheffield

Flowers at the junction of Cadman Road and Mansfield Road in Intake where the fatal road traffic collision occurred
Flowers at the junction of Cadman Road and Mansfield Road in Intake where the fatal road traffic collision occurred
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A motorcyclist travelling at more than twice the 30mph speed limit died after he collided with a car in Sheffield, an inquest heard.

Liam Collins, aged 27, described as a popular man with a ‘heart of gold’, died at the scene of the crash at the junction of Mansfield Road and Cadman Road in Intake on Sunday, October 19.

An inquest heard Mr Collins, a waste disposal operative of Eastern Crescent, Arbourthorne, was travelling more than twice the 30mph speed limit along Mansfield when he collided with a Honda Civic, which was pulling out of Cadman Road.

The Honda was ‘edging’ and ‘nudging’ into the road because the driver’s view was restricted by parked cars and a pedestrian waiting to cross the road.

Driver Robert Holt, 54, said: “I had put the car into first gear and I had got past the parked cars and saw a motorbike for a split second.”

Mr Holt suffered serious injuries and spent more than a week in hospital.

Witnesses described the speed Mr Collins was travelling at as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘totally reckless’.

Police Constable Mark Smith, a forensic collision investigator, said there was evidence Mr Collins braked to avoid the collision.

But he said a crash was ‘inevitable’ because of the speed of the motorbike.

Pathologist Dr Julian Burton found Mr Collins died instantly as a result of a head injuries.

A toxicology test found a trace of cocaine in his body, but the inquest heard the drug may not have a been a contributing factor in the crash.

Mr Collins’ uncle Timothy Collins paid tribute to his nephew. He said: “Liam was very popular, no-one had a bad word to say about him.

“He would do anything for anyone and had an amazing way of bringing our family together.

“He was very generous and had a heart of gold. He was brilliant.”

Assistant coroner Julian Fox concluded that Mr Collins died as a result of a road traffic collision.