An Essex motorcyclist was killed after he crashed into a crash barrier on a major road in North Wales.
52-year-old Nigel Darwood died after he abruptly left the A483 carriageway at the slip road with the B5426 near Johnstown in Wrexham on Friday, July 10 last year.
He lost control of his Yamaha 950 bike, smashing into a crash barrier and suffering a serious head injuries, an inquest has heard yesterday (Tuesday, September 15).
As reported by NorthWalesLive, an inquest into Mr Darwood’s death on Tuesday, September 15 discussed the details of what happened that day.
The court heard Mr Darwood was in a convoy with his wife and fellow biking enthusiast Georgina at the time of the crash.
The three bikers were travelling along the A483 towards Wrexham.
Sadly, the forklift driver from Basildon, Essex wouldn’t make it to his destination.
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Despite the efforts of paramedics in attendance, Mr Darwood was pronounced dead at the scene.
The inquest heard how witnesses revealed that they saw Mr Darwood “fly into the air while still holding the handles” before being thrown off the bike and landing on the ground.
Prior to the crash, Mr Darwood and friend Georgina had been driving in the outside lane, before they reportedly cut in front of a HGV lorry travelling in the inside lane.
It came after Mrs Darwood realised they almost missed their junction.
While she managed to cross the shevron markings and leave the junction, her husband’s “snap decision to follow” caused him to lose control of his bike after striking a grass verge, collision investigators said.
The HGV driver said he “made eye contact” with Mr Darwood as he pulled in front of his vehicle.
In a statement read out to the court, the lorry driver said: “He looked over his left shoulder and made eye contact with me. I said ‘Oh God, what’s he doing here?’
“I was shocked by what I’d seen.”
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A second witness added that the shocking movements that the pair made on their bikes were “like something out of a movie.”
“It was dangerous and crazy,” said the witness.
John Gittins, Coroner for North East Wales and Central, recorded the cause of death as a fatal head injury.
Following the tragic death last year, Mr Darwood’s family described him as a “hard working and dedicated family man” and a “loving husband, father, and grandad”.