Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Biker Died after He Failed to Slow Down for Queue of Traffic

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Biker Died after He Failed to Slow Down for Queue of Traffic

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Byline: Sophie Barley

A MOTORCYCLIST died after his bike crashed into the back of a queue of traf-fic at 70mph.

Dane Curran, 21, may have been "momentarily distracted" when he collided with a BMW car which was in a line of stationary or slow-moving traffic on the M11 at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, an inquest has heard.

Dane, of Kenmoor Way, Newcastle, died later at Addenbrooke's Hospital and his organs were donated for transplant.

Coroner David Heming, sitting at Huntingdon Coroner's Court, paid tribute to the youth worker and his family for enabling the donations to go ahead, saying: "Out of tragedy comes the saving of many lives."

Dane had been heading for a holiday in France when the accident happened last September. He had been looking at a police officer directing traffic immediately before the collision.

Mr Heming found that Dane had died as a result of a road traffic collision which caused a major head injury.

The inquest heard that traffic was already congested in the area of the museum because a flying display was taking place and there had been an earlier collision on the M11.

Police and the AA were also dealing with a vehicle which had broken down on the hard shoulder.

Motorcycle officer Andrew Coop said in a statement that he had been directing traffic when he saw a red BMW follow his instructions and start to slow down.

He then saw a motorcycle approaching from behind but the rider did not slow down and looked at him.

"I thought to myself, 'He is going to run straight into the back of the BMW.' I watched as he did just that," PC Coop said.

Deborah Digby-Smith said in a statement that she saw PC Coop gesturing at traffic to slow down and she could see traffic ahead at a standstill.

"As I came to the slip road I could see in my mirror the motorcycle coming up behind me quite fast and I knew instantly he was going to hit me," she said. …

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