Biker performed stunt in lead up to fatal crash - inquest told

By Matthew Bates Wednesday 31 October 2012 Updated: 01/11 10:25

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A BIKER was performing a wheelie minutes before he crashed and died, an inquest has heard.

David Bird was killed after his Kawasaki 125cc collided with a friend's bike in Hillmorton Road, Wood End on Saturday, January 21.

The inquest, at Coventry Magistrates' Court on Friday, heard how CCTV had captured the 26-year-old performing the stunt outside the medical centre in Deedmore Road.

However, it was unclear what incident led to the fatal crash, which saw Mr Bird's lime-green bike collide with the bike of friend Corey MacDougill, who was badly injured in the crash.

Mr MacDougill said he could not remember anything about the incident, which left him in hospital with bleeding on the brain.

Deputy coroner for Coventry and Warwickshire Louise Hunt gave a verdict of accidental death but said actions by at least one of the bikers had caused the collision.

Both vehicles were defected, with Mr Bird's bike having worn brakes and under-inflated tires.

The inquest also heard his bike's MOT had expired in June 2011 - something his family disputed. They also rejected part of the investigation which claimed potholes in Hillmorton Road were only two-to-three centimetres in depth.

PC Paul Hopley, a forensic collision investigator, said they were minor potholes and an investigation had deemed they did not play a role in the collision.

Hundreds of tributes and flowers adorned the roadside after the crash, included one which read: “You were an amazing guy and you are going to be missed massive amounts, you’ve made an impact on all us Wood Enders and more.”

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