Popular Staveley biker “pulled a wheelie” before fatal crash, inquest hears

Staveley motorcyclist, Mark Raynor, 48.
Staveley motorcyclist, Mark Raynor, 48.

A popular motorcyclist tragically killed in a road accident in Chesterfield at the weekend “pulled a wheelie” moments before crashing into a car, an inquest today heard.

Mark Anthony Raynor, 48, of Cordwell Close, Staveley, who was about to become a grandfather for the first time, died after colliding with a Fiat 500 on his Honda motorbike on Ringwood Road, Brimington, at about 4.40pm on Sunday (April 10).

The first details of the incident were heard at the opening of an inquest into his death today (April 14) at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court.

Speaking at the inquest, Police Constable Darren Parkin, of the Collision Investigation Unit at Ripley, said: “Mr Raynor was riding his Honda CBR motorcycle along Ringwood Road from the direction of Chesterfield towards Staveley when witnesses stated that he accelerated harshly and, in doing so, pulled a wheelie.

“After pulling the wheelie, his bike crashed into the driver’s side of a green Fiat 500, driven by John Turner, who was performing a U-turn in Ringwood Road.”

Mr Raynor, who worked at The Guinness Partnership, was pronounced dead at the scene and was identified at the scene by his long-term partner Tracy Banks.

The court then heard that a report by pathologist Dr Deidrie McKenna said that Mr Raynor suffered extensive injuries.

Senior coroner for Derbyshire, Robert Hunter, set a provisional date for the resumption and completion of the inquest for Friday, August 12, 2016.

Tributes paid to Staveley biker Mark Raynor