Biker Angel Hernan-Fernandez from Soham died on A10 at Hilgay on his way to Hunstanton
PUBLISHED: 15:43 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 20 May 2017
A 45-year-old lorry driver died when his motorcycle collided with a car, a court was told.
Angel Raul Hernan-Fernandez, from Soham, was on his way to Hunstanton at 11.50am on June 5, when the crash happened on the A10 at Hilgay, an inquest into his death heard.
Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake read out a statement from Mr Hernan-Fernandez’s acquaintance and fellow biker Nuno Alexandra, who said they met in a coffee shop in Soham on the morning of the crash and decided to go for a ride.
“We chatted and decided we would ride to Hunstanton, along the coast to Great Yarmouth and back to Soham,” he said.
Mr Alexandra said as they reached a long, straight stretch of the road, travelling between 100 and 120kph (60 - 75mph), he saw a car which had been driving in the opposite direction waiting to turn right across their carriageway.
He added as they approached it, the car turned in front of them. Mr Alexandra managed to avoid it by swerving to the left, but lost control of his machine and crashed after hitting a kerb. He suffered a broken bone in his neck and other injuries.
Mr Hernan-Fernandez was thrown from his machine and suffered multiple injuries after he collided with the car, a BMW 4x4.
Mrs Lake said Dr Rupert Curry, an East of England Ambulance Service medic who attended the crash scene, pronounced Mr Hernan-Fernandez dead at 12:31pm.
A post mortem showed Mr Hernan-Fernandez died from his injuries. It also revealed he had traces of cannabis in his bloodstream, but could not determine when the drug had last been used.
In a report into the crash, investigator PC Forbes Scott said BMW driver Ernest Fenn had been waiting to turn right off the A10 into Modney Bridge Road.
He said Mr Fenn said “he had just started to turn when these two motorbikes came from nowhere at 100mph - the first one got round but the second one didn’t”.
PC Scott said the motorcycles, which had their lights on, should have been visible to Mr Fenn. He added cannabis in Mr Hernan-Fernandez’s system may have affected his judgement or ability to control his vehicle. But he added it was unlikely the collision could have been avoided.
Summing up, Mrs Lake said she did not believe that speed played a part in the accident. She said while Mr Hernan-Fernandez had taken cannabis at some point before his death, she was satisfied it played no part in the incident and there was nothing he could have done to avoid the collision.
She said her conclusion was that he died as a result of a road traffic collision. Closing the inquest, she said she would like to offer her sympathies to his family.