Death of biker is still a mystery

THE death of a Weston motorcyclist who crashed into a tipper lorry on his way to work remains a mystery after an inquest into his death found he died accidentally

THE death of a Weston motorcyclist who crashed into a tipper lorry on his way to work remains a mystery after an inquest into his death found he died accidentally. Owen Somers, a 35-year-old security guard, died instantly when his 1,100cc Kawasaki motorbike hit the truck at around 7am in November last year.At an inquest into his death at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court, his family was told that truck driver John Blakeway had not seen the motorcyclist travelling along an unlit section of the A403 between Avonmouth and Severn Beach.The investigating officer, PC David Watson, said Mr Somers, of Westbury Crescent, had rounded a bend and travelled 164 metres before colliding with a truck which was leaving a haulage yard.He said: "There is no explanation why Mr Somers did not slow down or change direction. Rain on his visor might have impaired his vision. "A faulty front brake could also have limited his options to stop."There were no skidmarks so it was impossible to calculate the speed at which he was travelling."Gouge marks on the road were probably made by Mr Somers dropping his bike in an attempt to avoid the collision, but he carried on and hit the lorry."The traffic officer said Mr Somers was not suffering from the effects of alcohol or drugs when the accident happened. He also confirmed the lights of both vehicles were on at the time.Mr Blakeway, of Portbury, said: "I saw a pedal cyclist without a front light coming along the road about 50 yards away, but I didn't see the motorcyclist."Deputy coroner Brian Whitehouse recorded a verdict of accidental death.Speaking after the inquest, Owen's wife of six years, Susan, said: "I am not happy with the decision. I would still have a husband today if Owen had not been killed. "He was such a lovely man and the last person you would want that to happen to."Owen would always go out of his way to help anyone."There is a not a day which goes past without my four-year-old grandson Brandon asking about him. I would like to thank all my family and friends for their support and help with Brandon. Without them I wouldn't have managed it.


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