Accidental verdict on biker

PUBLISHED: 11:38 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

A POPULAR musician was killed when his motorcycle was in collision with a car trying to do a U-turn. An inquest heard that 21-year-old Mike Brown, of Biggleswade, died after his Kawasaki was in collision with a Nissan Almera on the A1198 near Whaddon. Mr

A POPULAR musician was killed when his motorcycle was in collision with a car trying to do a U-turn.

An inquest heard that 21-year-old Mike Brown, of Biggleswade, died after his Kawasaki was in collision with a Nissan Almera on the A1198 near Whaddon.

Mr Brown had been travelling to the Army's Bassingbourn Barracks, where he worked as a civilian armourer, on August 8.

The inquest at Cambridge heard that the driver of the car had stopped in a layby after missing his turning, and was intending to turn his car around.

The driver told police that before pulling out he had checked for other vehicles on the road, waiting for those he saw to pass.

But as he pulled away he struck Mr Brown, who was thrown forward over the front of the car.

Pc Francis Crawford said: "There was no evidence to suggest that the Kawasaki motorcycle was being ridden in anything other than the correct manner."

Coroner David Morris said: "There's no doubt that Mr Brown doesn't appear to have been going in excess of the speed limit of 60 mph.

"There is evidence that he became aware of the vehicle too late but did apply his brake.

"The Nissan had not been travelling at any speed but was doing a U-turn into his path."

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Morris added: "There's no evidence to suggest that Mr Brown in any way contributed to his death.

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