Motorcyclist was killed as he tried to overtake lorry
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.