Motorcyclist smash caused by panic
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: