Motorcyclist "misjudged length of vehicle"

PUBLISHED: 17:40 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 11 May 2010

A MOTORCYCLIST died after misjudging the distance between his bike and a reversing motor home. An inquest at Cambridge Coroner s Court heard that Mark Blundell, 42, of High Street, Bassingbourn, died after crashing into the side of the motor home on the

A MOTORCYCLIST died after misjudging the distance between his bike and a reversing motor home.

An inquest at Cambridge Coroner's Court heard that Mark Blundell, 42, of High Street, Bassingbourn, died after crashing into the side of the motor home on the evening of September 20 last year.

Driver of the motor home, Fred Miller, told the hearing that he and his family were returning from a motorbike race meeting at Oulton Park, where his son, Ben, had been competing.

He said he was reversing his vehicle into the car park of the family's storage unit, off Royston Road, Litlington, when he saw the bike, being driven by Mr Blundell, coming out of the village and heading towards the A505.

Mr Miller said: "I saw the bike come over the speed hump when I was already reversing into the road. When I realised it wasn't slowing down quickly enough I tried to move forward and get out of the way."

Having put the 28-foot long vehicle into first gear, Mr Miller tried to move forward, but was unable to do so in time.

His wife, Vicky Miller, who was a passenger in the vehicle, said: "I thought we had plenty of time, but the motorcycle was moving quite quickly. It made a mighty bang as it hit the motor home."

Pc Francis Crawford, who investigated the crash, said there was "no evidence" that Mr Blundell was travelling at an excessive speed.

He said: "When it's dark people make the assumption that if they see a reversing van that it is the size of a transit van.

"I am quite certain that Mr Blundell misjudged the length of the vehicle."

Coroner David Morris recorded a narrative verdict, stating that Mr Blundell died of injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with a motor home reversing into a private driveway at night time

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