Much-loved motorcyclist Steve Dawson killed in collision on Shirley high street

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A MUCH-loved Southamp-on motorcyclist was killed while speeding and with amphetamines in his system, an inquest heard.

Steve Dawson, 54, died after his blue Kawasaki bike collided with a grey Vauxhall Astra in Shirley Road.

Police told the inquest how the Astra began turning into Court Road but stopped when driver Alex Mair saw the motorcycle approaching.

Mr Dawson, a grandfather of Waterhouse Lane, Shirley, lost control of the bike after braking sharply, causing the front wheel to lock, the bike to turn on its side and hit the car.

Influence PC Michael Gunby, accident investigator, said: “The motorcycle was being driven at 46mph in a 30mph speed limit so it would have been in the car driver’s view from about 35 metres away or 1.7 seconds.

“The amount of braking applied by the rider may have been influenced by the amphetamines in his system.”

He added: “It looks as though there would have been room to go around the vehicle and I suppose if he had eased off his speed it would have made it a lot easier.”

Post-mortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Keith Wiseman said: “No one was doing anything exceptionally wrong that took it way beyond the pale.

“It was just an interaction between two vehicles which had tragic consequences.

“Mr Dawson had an ill wife at the time and it has been an extremely difficult time for everybody.

Well-handled “I understand Mr Dawson was a very popular and well-known figure and very experienced and I think what happened was unexpected and tragic for all concerned.”

Sgt Richard Grant, who originally investigated the incident in May, confirmed Mr Mair had not been prosecuted.

After the inquest, Mr Dawson’s friend Don Guthrie, known as Gus, said the family was pleased they had closure.

He said: “The way the police and everyone handled this has been fantastic.

“It’s closure for the family and I hope the driver has a happy Christmas and we wish him all the best.

“We are very happy he is not getting prosecuted as we would not want that.”

Mr Dawson, an oil quality tester at Fawley refinery, attended the former Hightown School in Southampton before starting a career working on ships and visiting various countries around the world.

He was a motorcycle enthusiast and would often ride around the New Forest at weekends.

More than 30 bikers from across the country paid tribute to him by forming a funeral procession in June.

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12:42pm Sat 21 Dec 13

southy says...

Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body.
The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy
Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body. The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy southy

2:38pm Sat 21 Dec 13

thesouth says...

southy wrote:
Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body.
The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy
Thanks for that
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body. The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy[/p][/quote]Thanks for that thesouth

4:25pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

southy wrote:
Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body.
The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy
Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body. The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy[/p][/quote]Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything. Sir Ad E Noid

4:51pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Torchie1 says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
southy wrote:
Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body.
The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy
Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.
I'm surprised that Margaret Thatcher wasn't blamed for the crash!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body. The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy[/p][/quote]Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.[/p][/quote]I'm surprised that Margaret Thatcher wasn't blamed for the crash! Torchie1

5:05pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

Sad for his friends ands family but when you speed you are kind of responsible for whatever happens. Nobody to blame but him really
Sad for his friends ands family but when you speed you are kind of responsible for whatever happens. Nobody to blame but him really Mary80

5:37pm Sat 21 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
southy wrote:
Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body.
The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy
Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.
Not a word of condolence then, just another chance to have a pop at another poster, not a nice person are you. It is a shame that the guy decided to ride with substances that could mar his judgement, and a lesson to others who think about doing the same, it is not only your own life that is a risk.
RIP Mr Dawson.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body. The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy[/p][/quote]Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.[/p][/quote]Not a word of condolence then, just another chance to have a pop at another poster, not a nice person are you. It is a shame that the guy decided to ride with substances that could mar his judgement, and a lesson to others who think about doing the same, it is not only your own life that is a risk. RIP Mr Dawson. OSPREYSAINT

7:09pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

Tragic the guy died but he was the one that chose to take drugs and speed down a road where he could easily have mowed into people. Its not like he was walking along a road innocently and suddenly died sadly his actions created it, and while his friends and family mourn his death it could have been a lot worse if he ploughed into a group of people. I really wish people would take their actions into consideration before doing something that could take people with you.
Tragic the guy died but he was the one that chose to take drugs and speed down a road where he could easily have mowed into people. Its not like he was walking along a road innocently and suddenly died sadly his actions created it, and while his friends and family mourn his death it could have been a lot worse if he ploughed into a group of people. I really wish people would take their actions into consideration before doing something that could take people with you. Mary80

7:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

100%HANTSBOY says...

For the sake of this Man's Family and Friends,did this story really need to be published?
For the sake of this Man's Family and Friends,did this story really need to be published? 100%HANTSBOY

8:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

beesdee says...

No mention of the trauma presumably suffered by the chap innocently driving his car then.
No mention of the trauma presumably suffered by the chap innocently driving his car then. beesdee

8:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

landt2013 says...

Cawte Road, not Court Road.
Cawte Road, not Court Road. landt2013

8:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

derek james says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
For the sake of this Man's Family and Friends,did this story really need to be published?
on the contrary it should be published as a lesson/warning to other riders/drivers 46 mph in shirley road is suicidal
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: For the sake of this Man's Family and Friends,did this story really need to be published?[/p][/quote]on the contrary it should be published as a lesson/warning to other riders/drivers 46 mph in shirley road is suicidal derek james

11:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
southy wrote:
Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body.
The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy
Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.
Not a word of condolence then, just another chance to have a pop at another poster, not a nice person are you. It is a shame that the guy decided to ride with substances that could mar his judgement, and a lesson to others who think about doing the same, it is not only your own life that is a risk.
RIP Mr Dawson.
Another PC person? Weird, truly weird.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Postmortem tests also revealed alcohol in Mr Dawson’s system but below the legal driving limit. and with amphetamines in his body. The 2 do not mix very well, the amphetamines would of enhance the effect of the alcohol and to be drowsy[/p][/quote]Thank God we have a Professor of Medicine in attendance. Is there anything you don't know? I will answer my own question; Very nearly everything.[/p][/quote]Not a word of condolence then, just another chance to have a pop at another poster, not a nice person are you. It is a shame that the guy decided to ride with substances that could mar his judgement, and a lesson to others who think about doing the same, it is not only your own life that is a risk. RIP Mr Dawson.[/p][/quote]Another PC person? Weird, truly weird. Sir Ad E Noid

12:14am Sun 22 Dec 13

jonnyx says...

beesdee wrote:
No mention of the trauma presumably suffered by the chap innocently driving his car then.
yes. quite. I imagine the car driver has probably gone through and continues to go through hell for 'killing' someone on the road - I know I would be and probably most of the posters on here would too - how would you not partially blame yourself even if the other party were so irresponsible as to have been travelling at more than 50% over the speed limit and to have alcohol and class a drugs in his system. popular, well known and experienced? sounds like a bit of a dick to me. still at least the motorcyclists friends hope the driver has a good Christmas. I doubt he will.
[quote][p][bold]beesdee[/bold] wrote: No mention of the trauma presumably suffered by the chap innocently driving his car then.[/p][/quote]yes. quite. I imagine the car driver has probably gone through and continues to go through hell for 'killing' someone on the road - I know I would be and probably most of the posters on here would too - how would you not partially blame yourself even if the other party were so irresponsible as to have been travelling at more than 50% over the speed limit and to have alcohol and class a drugs in his system. popular, well known and experienced? sounds like a bit of a dick to me. still at least the motorcyclists friends hope the driver has a good Christmas. I doubt he will. jonnyx

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