Young man died after motorbike wheelie attempt

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A young man died when he lost control of a motorcycle after attempting to perform a wheelie, an inquest heard.

Daniel Harston, 21, suffered multiple injuries in the “catastrophic” smash on Birkin Lane, Grassmoor, on July 20 last year.

The inquest at Chesterfield coroners’ court was told how Mr Harston, of Dickens Drive, Holmewood, took his father’s Honda CBR 600cc without his permission.

He was not insured to ride the motorbike and did not have a licence.

DC Ian McGregor, of Derbyshire police’s collision investigation unit, told Monday’s hearing: “He was travelling in the direction of Temple Normanton when he undertook a wheelie – which he did not successfully complete – and lost control of the motorbike.

“The damage was catastrophic.”

DC McGregor added Mr Harston was travelling “considerably in excess” of the 30mph speed limit and the motorbike had tyre deficiencies.

DC Gary Wilson, also of the collision investigation unit, said toxicology tests revealed there were traces of cannabis, ecstasy and mephedrone in Mr Harston’s blood at a level which would have impaired his ability to drive.

Andrew Ashby, of Birkin Lane, said he was at home that Saturday when he heard a “massive” bang and saw a “huge” cloud of dust.

The nurse and his wife rushed to the scene of the crash and administered CPR to Mr Harston in a desperate bid to revive him.

Mr Ashby said: “It happened at 5.35pm – I’ve remembered it every day since.”

Coroner James Newman commended Mr and Mrs Ashby for their efforts.

Mr Newman concluded Mr Harston died as a result of an accident.

Speaking to Mr Harston’s parents, he added: “The death of any young person is always so tragic.”