A MOTORIST involved in an accident in which a motorcyclist died said the biker ‘just came out of nowhere’, an inquest heard.
Beverley Simpson was in her VW car with her ten-year-old daughter when David Shaw, riding in the opposite direction, crashed into them at a sharp bend.
A Chesterfield inquest ruled his death was an accident and heard the gardener had taken part in a charity ride for children just hours before.
His wife Christina said in the hearing: “It just seems so ironic that he never had anything like ‘I shouldn’t have done that’ – this came out of the blue.
“It’s very, very hard in some ways.
“He never had any near misses or anything like that. It just seems so ironic really.”
The inquest heard Mr Shaw, 54, had owned that particular bike about a month. He was killed almost instantly in the smash on the 60mph Chesterfield Road, Rowsley, on April 17. It seemed as though the gardener’s bike was sliding, going wide on the bend, before it hit the oncoming Volkswagen Beetle.
Beverley Simpson said in a statement: “The motorcyclist was definitely right on my side of the road, he seemed to take the corner really wide.
“I couldn’t see around the bend, he just came from nowhere. The incident happened so quickly I had little time to react.”
Different witnesses said Mr Shaw was coming around the bend “at speed” while another said “I don’t feel he was going too fast to get around the corner.”
Because Mr Shaw applied brakes at the ‘blind bend’ the bike went on its side and the crash was fatal, said forensic collision investigator PC David Harris.
But even without braking the crash could still have happened. Braking “did save Mrs Simpson and her daughter from very serious injuries.” PC Harris added: “The only thing that we can say for certain is that the time available to make any decision was too little.”
Mr Shaw, of Rowsley, had hoped to become an advanced motorist and on the day had been observed and his standard of riding was ‘good’.
The cause of death was given as multiple injuries. Nigel Anderson, deputy coroner for North Derbyshire, said: “It seems that for one reason or another that we’ll never fully understand he misjudged either his speed or the bend and then braked.”