Mo­tor­cy­clist was killed as he tried to over­take lorry

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A MO­TOR­CY­CLIST who died af­ter his bike burst into flames, had been try­ing to over­take a lorry, an inquest heard.

Daniel Spies, 42, died on June 15 af­ter a col­li­sion on the B2080, Ten­ter­den Road, near Ap­ple­dore.

An inquest at Ash­ford court heard he died from mul­ti­ple in­juries, in­clud­ing se­vere burns af­ter his bike ex­ploded in flames.

The bag­gage han­dler, who lived in Hor­ley, Sur­rey, was rid­ing with a friend, Andrew Win­der, who gave ev­i­dence at the inquest.

He said Mr Spies had been at­tempt­ing to over­take a lorry.

“The road came to a left hand bend,” said Mr Win­der.

“He went to over­take, re­alised he couldn’t make it be­cause he didn’t see the car com­ing the other di­rec­tion but he couldn’t get back to his side.”

De­spite swerv­ing to avoid a col- li­sion, the on­com­ing car hit Mr Spies and the mo­tor­cy­cle which was by then on fire.

The driver of the car was then trapped in his own ve­hi­cle which was on fire and had to jump through the flames to safety.

Mr Win­der and the driver then at­tempted to pull Mr Spies from the flames. Mr Spies died at the scene. A ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death was recorded.

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