A Kettering man died after being thrown from a quad bike on which he was a passenger while on a lads’ holiday in Ibiza.
Thomas Hunt, 31, was on a trip to the Spanish island in June last year when the accident happened in the San Antonio bay area.
He was a pillion passenger on a bike ridden by his friend Craig Smith during an afternoon and evening of sightseeing around the island. Mr Hunt, a former pupil at Ferrers School, had left his driving licence at home and so was unable to ride a quad bike of his own.
The accident happened shortly before 11pm on June 11. The group had visited a bar to use its free wi-fi, but only Mr Hunt, because he was not in charge of a vehicle, had drunk any alcohol – but that had only been one drink.
Mr Smith told the inquest at Kettering Magistrates Court today (Thursday, March 20) he had lost control of the vehicle after riding over a speed bump.
He said: “I felt like there was no steering. It threw us into a lamppost, which threw us off the quad bike.”
Paramedics tried to revive Mr Hunt for about an hour.
In a statement read to the court, another friend, Alan Smith, said he had noticed his quad bike had steering problems. He added: “I don’t believe these bikes are roadworthy.”
In a statement, Mr Hunt’s sister Sarah Clouder described him as “a people person”.
She added: “He was really looking forward to his first lads’ holiday abroad to Ibiza.
“We all miss him so much. He was a larger-than-life character and was well-liked by everyone who knew him.”
Northamptonshire Coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of accidental death.