Corby motorcyclist died trying to overtake car, inquest hears

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A Corby man died after losing control of his motorbike while trying to overtake a car near Barford Bridge, an inquest has heard.

Skirmantas Mockevicius, 23, of Bentley Walk, crashed on the A6003 500m north of Station Road in Rushton on May 30 this year.

An inquest in Kettering today (Thursday) heard how Mr Mockevicius, who moved to England from Lithuania, was seen parked on the chevrons while adjusting his helmet strap shortly after 2pm.

He then joined the road on his Kawasaki bike and moved into the outside lane where he tried to overtake a Ford Focus, but ran out of room and slid into the central reservation.

Mr Mockevicius was not wearing any protective clothing and his helmet was found further up the road.

He suffered head, neck and chest injuries and died at the scene.

One witness told the inquest she had seen Mr Mockevicius travelling on his bike “like a bat out of hell”.

Northamptonshire Police forensic collision investigator John Underwood said Mr Mockevicius had been travelling at a minimum speed of 69mph and that his bike had suffered considerable damage.

He said: “It is my opinion that the incident occurred due to driver error.”

Mr Mockevicius’ partner Tamila Janaviciene said it was a tragic accident that has left a hole in her heart.

Recording a verdict of accidental death by road traffic collison, senior coroner for Northamptonshire Anne Pember said: “I am sure he was doing what he loved but sadly he was trying to get through a gap when he hit the central reservation.”