Lowestoft biker’s death was accidental, says coroner

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 August 2014

Floral tributes to Jed Mulholland, at the scene of the crash on Tom Crisp Way, Lowestoft. Picture: LIBRARY

Floral tributes to Jed Mulholland, at the scene of the crash on Tom Crisp Way, Lowestoft. Picture: LIBRARY

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A keen motorcyclist died after a “tragic” crash in Lowestoft, an inquest has heard.

Jed Mulholland, 24, suffered fatal injuries when the Suzuki motorcycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van and a Ford Focus in Tom Crisp Way, Lowestoft, on August 13 last year.

Yesterday’s inquest, at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court, heard that a post- mortem examination showed Mr Mulholland, who was a waiter at the Pontin’s holiday camp in Pakefield, had died at the scene of the crash from “severe head and chest injuries”.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said several possible scenarios and some unanswerable questions remain over how Mr Mulholland died.

In a statement read out by Dr Dean for Jed’s father, James Mulholland, he was described as a very outgoing and friendly person who was “full of life and very active”. He loved his motorcycle and was “very much a family man”.

Mr Mulholland had been travelling towards Horn Hill in Lowestoft, when his bike clipped the “outside corner” of the transit van, which was heading in the same direction. This caused the bike to “wobble violently” and “cross over the line” into the path of the Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction. He was thrown from the bike and the motorcycle slid across the road into a fence.

The Suzuki motorcycle had passed its MOT test the month before the crash, although the inquest heard that “a number of issues” had been highlighted. Recording a verdict of accidental death, Dr Dean said: “I don’t think you can say which particular factor or factors led to the tragedy that took place. This was very clearly a tragic accident that led to the death of Jed in very sad circumstances.”

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