Inquest told biker hit 100mph before crash

A motorcyclist was riding at up to 100mph while overtaking a line of traffic at a junction in the seconds before he died, an inquest has heard.

Lee Gardner (30) was riding a powerful track-standard BMW when he hit a car on August 23 last year on the B1192 at Langrick while he was heading for Cadwell Park.
The Long Sutton father-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene after he tried overtaking a line of traffic close to a junction and hit the side of a Kia Sorento turning right.
Assistant Coroner Murray Spittal gave a conclusion that Mr Gardner died as a result of a road traffic collision while attempting to overtake.
“He took upon himself the risk and he died as a result,” said Mr Spittal, who added that it was fortunate the occupants of the car were not badly injured.
Sean Cundell was driving his wife Julia to Skegness for a day out when their Kia was hit while turning right.
“I heard a high-pitched rev and a bang,” Mr Cundell’s statement said.
He and his wife received minor injuries as a result.
“I saw a flash of blue and white in the mirror and then it sounded like a gun,” said Mrs Cundell’s statement.
Mr Gardner’s bike hit a cottage before ending-up in the front garden.
He was killed in the impact and the inquest was told that there was nothing anyone could have done for him.
“It was a massively powerful motorbike and I calculated his speed of at 90 or 100mph,” said a PC Ray Holloway, a road accident investigator.
A statement read to the inquest from Mr Gardner’s mother Wendy described him as ‘always positive’.

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