A WITNESS to a fatal collision at Northchapel last year has described the horrifying moment he desperately tried to swerve his car to avoid an out-of-control motorcyclist.
Andrew Robinson, giving evidence at the inquest of Nigel Moore, 58, of Fleet, Hampshire, said he wanted to apologise to Mr Moore’s family, despite doing “all he could” to avoid hitting him.
The incident happened on the A283, near Petworth, in September, when Nigel and his brother, Ian, were travelling back from a trip to Bognor. When Ian had lost sight of Nigel, he pulled up to wait for him. But when he didn’t appear, he turned back, and found Nigel lying in the road.
Paramedics were called, but were unable to revive Nigel.
The inquest heard how Mr Robinson, was travelling in a line of cars, when Nigel was seen to have veered uncontrollably round a bend, into their path.
Mr Robinson explained how the road in question had many “dodgy bends” and an inexperienced driver might not have known the bend was coming up.
He said: “It’s a very nice country A-road with some dodgy bends, and you’ve got to be careful in places.
“On that road there is often bits which are long and straight and suddenly, a bend comes up.”
Mr Robinson described how Nigel had hit the side of the first of the three cars, a Lexus and narrowly avoided the second car, a small Suzuki, which had swerved onto the verge.
Desperately swerving onto the verge too, Mr Robinson said he did his “utmost” to avoid Nigel, but couldn’t do anything to prevent the crash.
PC Stuart Medlycott told the inquest he believed a combination of Nigel driving in top gear and his relative inexperience, meant he would have struggled to control the motorcycle when he lost control.
He explained that when a motorcycle’s brakes were applied, the wheels locked and went in a straight line, making it “extremely difficult” to correct. He said he had found evidence Nigel had tried to correct himself after the first collision, but was unable to do so.
He said: “I can understand how he can make a mistake going into a bend. There is research to say until you have done three years of driving, you are an inexperienced driver.
Nigel’s wife, Susan, told the inquest he was in good spirits when he left for his day out.
She said: “He was very upbeat. He had a new company car delivered and it was a bright, sunny day.
“He rode motorcycles a long time ago and had done all the tests about a year ago.”
Assistant deputy coroner Karen Henderson recorded a verdict of accidental death.