Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teenage Biker 'May Have Fainted before Death Fall'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teenage Biker 'May Have Fainted before Death Fall'

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior Reporter

A TEENAGER may have fainted before he suffered a fatal fall from his beloved motorbike, an inquest heard.

Michael Sadler, 15, died from traumatic head injuries when he fell from his motocross bike while riding with his dad in South Gare, Redcar.

His devoted dad, also called Michael, desperately tried to resuscitate his son, but the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into the tragedy on June 12 last year heard that Michael, from Yarm, was an "experienced and passionate" rider who had been training and competing for several years.

That fateful evening he had been practising with his dad at South Gare and, as always, was fully kitted out in appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, neck brace, body armour, knee braces, boots, gloves and goggles.

Mr Sadler told yesterday's hearing at Teesside Coroner's Court: "That motorbike was his passion and he loved every single second on that bike."

He said he was watching his son ride around the course "with no problem at all and it was all looking so smooth".

Mr Sadler said he looked away briefly, but added: "In the time it took me to turn around and see, Michael was lying completely still, absolutely no movement whatsoever. "Whatever it was, it was instantaneous."

Mr Sadler, a teacher at Stockton Riverside College, immediately rang 999 and carried out CPR on his son - but a doctor pronounced him dead shortly after arrival.

The inquest heard that when Michael was 12 he was diagnosed with a cyst on his brain and underwent surgery, which included inserting a shunt.

Following the surgery his dad said he suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and regular headaches.

On the day of the accident he said Michael had complained of a headache and dizziness. …

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