A motorcyclist who died following a crash involving a lorry has been named locally as a factory worker.

David Thomas, of Wellington Crescent in Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, was riding his Triumph motorcycle when it collided with a HGV. 

The crash happened in Great Witchingham at around 4.15pm on October 10. 

The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess drugs and alcohol but has been released on bail until January 9.    

Mr Thomas, 65, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with serious injuries after the incident in Porter's Lane.  

He was later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but later died on October 12. 

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An inquest into his death was opened at Norfolk Coroner’s Court at County Hall, Norwich, on October 19. 

Led by the senior coroner for Norfolk, Jacqueline Lake, she gave the medical cause of death as a traumatic brain injury due to a road traffic collision. 

Mr Thomas’ son, Jamie Thomas, identified the body of his father and confirmed that he was born on June 20, 1958. 

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He worked as a food processing operative at Bernard Matthew Food’s factory, near to where the crash happened. 

Many of his colleagues have paid tribute to him on social media, including long-serving employees who have worked with Mr Thomas for almost three decades. 

A pre-inquest review has been scheduled to take place at the court next year on January 26.   

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