King’s Lynn motorcyclist Ashley Rayner died on A47 near Pentney after attempting to overtake a lorry, inquest heard
PUBLISHED: 18:12 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:12 01 December 2017
A motorcyclist died following a collision with a lorry on the A47 after attempting to overtake it, an inquest heard.
Ashley Rayner, 29, was riding his motorcycle towards King’s Lynn when he crashed into a 44-tonne tipping lorry near Pentney on November 10, 2016.
Mr Rayner, of Harewood Drive, King’s Lynn, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died of his injuries two days later.
Giving evidence at an inquest in King’s Lynn coroners’ court on Friday, December 1 lorry driver Neil Rider said he was travelling to Leziate after completing a tipping job in Stoke Ferry at around 5.30pm.
Mr Rider said he then noticed a strap had loosened on his trailer and decided to pull over at a nearby offside lay-by near Pentney to fix it.
After checking both of his mirrors and satisfied that it was safe, he indicated right and halfway across the centre line he said he heard a loud bang. “I realised what had happened, I heard the motorbike revving really loudly on impact. It happened really fast and there were sparks,” Mr Rider added.
He said he had been driving heavy goods vehicles since 2003, adding: “I have never had any form of accident at all.”
Giving evidence, PC Graeme Brookes said Mr Rayner had been travelling with one of his headlights on.
He said it is possible that the headlight could have been obscured by Mr Rider’s blind spot depending on how close Mr Rayner had been travelling behind the lorry.
PC Brookes said Mr Rayner may have been caught by surprise by the lorry moving across the single carriageway but added: “If he did know he [Mr Rider} was signalling right then overtaking proved to be a poor decision.”
PC Brookes concluded his report by saying Mr Rayner had attempted to overtake the lorry before the collision.
Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake gave the medical cause of death as traumatic brain injury due to a road traffic collision.
She added: “It is not clear from the evidence why Mr Rider did not see Mr Rayner’s headlight before undertaking the right hand manoeuvre.
“I am also unable to say from the evidence why Mr Rayner started the overtaking of the lorry when he did, but I am satisfied from the evidence that it was unsafe to do so.”