Todmorden biker died after car pulled in front of him

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Todmorden biker died after car pulled in front of him Todmorden biker died after car pulled in front of him

A motorcyclist died despite his desperate attempt to avoid a car, driven by an 83-year-old man, which pulled out in front of him.

Simon Higgins, 39, of Todmorden, tried to steer around the Ford Focus, but when he realised he was not going to make it laid the bike down on the road, North Yorkshire coroner Rob Turnbull was told.

Mr Higgins skidded along the A65 and his new Dukati collided with the Focus, driven by Rennie Mallett, from Burnley.

Mr Mallett had been crossing the A65 from Keasden junction towards Station Road, Clapham.

A paramedic, assisted by others, battled for 45 minutes to try to save Mr Higgins, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Turnbull recorded a verdict that Mr Higgins had died of head and chest injuries as a result of a road traffic accident on July 27 last year, when travelling on the A65 towards Ingleton.

Motorists, who had been driving in the same direction as Mr Higgins said he had been driving with care and courtesy, signalling his thanks as they let him pass.

North Yorkshire Police accident investigation officer Stuart Langford said he had formed the opinion that Mr Higgins had been riding in a normal manner and been confronted by a car driven across his pathway.

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5:09pm Thu 8 May 14

the white witch says...

What a shame for such a young biker, r i p to him and thoughts with his family.
All drivers from the age of 65 should be automatically called on to take a driving course which tests vision, reflex, control etc, maybe if tests like this was available lives like this biker just might of been saved.
What a shame for such a young biker, r i p to him and thoughts with his family. All drivers from the age of 65 should be automatically called on to take a driving course which tests vision, reflex, control etc, maybe if tests like this was available lives like this biker just might of been saved. the white witch
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