Biker died after hitting lamppost

PUBLISHED: 10:46 11 October 2006 | UPDATED: 19:49 01 June 2010

AN experienced motorcyclist from Wisbech died after the bike he was riding veered into a kerb and collided with a lamppost. Alan Hartigan, 60, of Park Avenue, Wisbech died from multiple injuries on June 10 at Addenbrooke s Hospital after his Triumph moto

AN experienced motorcyclist from Wisbech died after the bike he was riding veered into a kerb and collided with a lamppost.

Alan Hartigan, 60, of Park Avenue, Wisbech died from multiple injuries on June 10 at Addenbrooke's Hospital after his Triumph motorcycle left the A1096 Gallery Hill slip road at St Ives and hit a kerb.

His wife Marion and son Matthew had been travelling in convoy from the family home in Wisbech to Bourn Airfield in Cambridge when the accident took place.

It is thought Mr Hartigan, who was an engineer in Wisbech, had braked heavily minutes prior to the accident causing the rear wheel of the bike to lock and the back of the bike to slip towards the kerb. He was thrown from the bike and into a lampost.

At Mr Hartigan's inquest on Thursday (October 5) at Godwin House in Huntingdon, Coroner Dr Colin Lattimore said: "It is a puzzle why he braked when he did as he had no reason to brake. He was travelling at about 30mph, it was clear and dry driving conditions, there was no surface pollution, no other vehicles involved and he was a fit and healthy man."

In recording a verdict of accidental death, Dr Lattimore, added: "Although we know what happened we do not know why it happened. I'm afraid we are no further with an explanation.


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