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Biker's death ruled a tragic accident; INQUEST HEARS HOW RIDER WAS KILLED HOURS AFTER PASSING TEST.

Byline: ARRYN BUGGINS

A MOTORBIKE rider was killed on a south Warwickshire road just 24 hours after passing his test, an inquest has heard.

Aidan Kirby, 46, was involved in a collision with a Land Rover Discovery which stopped suddenly on the B4100, between Bishops Tachbrook and the Fosse Way roundabout.

Witnesses saw his bike swerve to avoid the Discovery, but the rider clipped the corner on a dual carriageway stretch, near Harwoods House.

Mr Kirby, who was born in Limerick and lived in Dorridge, died instantly.

The Discovery driver Ian Stokes, of Sapphire Drive, Leamington, was not legally represented at yesterday's inquest, held at Leamington town hall.

He claimed to have seen 'an animal, perhaps a deer' at the side of the road, the old A41, and he braked hard, coming to a stop.

He heard a bang, but did not feel the collision, as the bike behind him clipped his 4x4 vehicle, and Mr Kirby then went into the kerb.

Police said there were no defects on the Land Rover or the bike that could have caused the crash, and breath tests proved negative.

A post mortem showed Mr Kirby died of head injuries and a fractured skull.

Warwickshire coroner Michael Coker said Mr Kirby - who had been riding for a few months but only passed his test the day before the crash - would not have known anything of his injuries.

He said Mr Kirby's crash could be a salutary lessons to other drivers to check the distances between themselves and other vehicles, but stressed this was not a criticism of Mr Kirby.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Coker said: "It should remind us all of the dangers of driving closely to the vehicle in front.

"As drivers, I am sure we have all done it, but what happened to Mr Kirby shows what can happen."

arryn.buggins@mrn.co.uk
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 28, 2004
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