Mo­tor­cy­clist smash caused by panic

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A PAN­ICKED Dutch mo­tor­cy­clist died when he crashed into an on­com­ing bike.

An in­quest on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 7, heard that Hen­drik Jo­hannes Pol, who was cy­cling with a group from the Nether­lands, died fol­low­ing a road traf­fic col­li­sion on Sun­day, July 19.

Mr Pol, 49, tried to over­take a ve­hi­cle on a right bend on the A421 be­tween Bletch­ley and Buck­ing­ham when he hit mo­tor­cy­clist Jonathon Rich­mond.

Wit­ness, Mr Rich­mond, said: “There was no ex­pla­na­tion about why he was go­ing into my side of the road. If he looked down the road, he would have gone past me.”

Mr Rich­mond was taken by air am­bu­lance to Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Coven­try as he had sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries. Mr Pol was taken to John Rad­cliffe Hospi­tal, Ox­ford, where he died.

The col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Terry An­der­son, said he thought that Mr Pol had pan­icked as he was over­tak­ing, which led him to crash­ing into Mr Rich­mond.

He said: “He started to go to the right when he was over­tak­ing, which would have been the safe side in the Nether­lands, which is where he was used to.

“It was the wrong place for him to do the over­take, the vis­i­bil­ity was re­duced.”

Coro­ner Richard Hulett said: “He may have been mo­ti­vated by not get­ting left be­hind. Pre­cisely why he goes so far into the other lane we will never know. He was out of his com­fort zone. His break­ing may have made him go in a straight line.”

The coro­ner added that it was com­mon for crashes to oc­cur when peo­ple re­vert to the safe di­rec­tion for their home coun­try.

It is thought that the group of seven mo­tor­cy­clists were on hol­i­day in the area when the in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 2.15pm.

Jeremy Tombs, 13, died in a two car col­li­sion that hap­pened on the A413 be­tween Wee­don and Ayles­bury on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 4 at ap­prox­i­mately 3.30pm.

Jeremy, from Winslow, was trag­i­cally killed in the col­li­sion and his loss has shocked and deeply sad­dened his fam­ily, friends and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Jeremy’s fam­ily are be­ing sup­ported by po­lice at this very dif­fi­cult time and his mother Dorothy and his fa­ther Mervyn, said the fol­low­ing of their son:

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