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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 The Discovery is a four wheel drive on-road and off-road vehicle from the British car maker Land Rover. There have been three generations of the vehicle, which is less expensive than the company's top Range Rover model.  which stopped suddenly on the B4100, between Bishops Tachbrook and the Fosse Way Fosse Way (fŏs), Roman road in England. It apparently ran from Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) NE past Bath (Aquae Sulis), Cirencester (Corinium Dobunnorum), and Leicester (Ratae Coritanorum) to Lincoln (Lindum). It intersected Watling Street.  roundabout.

Witnesses saw his bike swerve to avoid the Discovery, but the rider clipped the corner on a dual carriageway dual carriageway
Noun

Brit, Austral & NZ a road with a central strip of grass or concrete to separate traffic travelling in opposite directions

Noun 1.
 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 [Latin, After death.] Pertaining to matters occurring after death. A term generally applied to an autopsy or examination of a corpse in order to ascertain the cause of death or to the inquisition for that purpose by the Coroner .  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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