Motorcyclist killed in crash 'never got to see baby daughter'

Mark Ashdown

Mark Ashdown

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A MOTORCYCLIST who died in a crash had just got engaged and was soon to become a father.

Mark Ashdown was riding his Honda motorbike when it collided with a car before hitting a wall and tree at a crossroads in Fair Oak, an inquest heard.

Despite desperate attempts of passers-by and medics he died at the scene.

His family revealed after the hearing that the 24-year-old had got engaged two weeks before and was to become a father.

The little girl is now six months old.

An inquest heard how Mr Ashdown, of Hardings Lane, Fair Oak, had been riding northbound on July 12 last year on the B3354 Botley Road when a red Skoda, driven by Catherine Wilkinson, was turning right to get on to Eastleigh Road.

Mr Ashdown swerved to avoid the car but glanced its front.

This caused the motorcycle to hit a wall, a tree and then another vehicle, throwing Mr Ashdown from the bike.

He died from a head injury.

Giving evidence, Mrs Wilkinson, of Edington Close, Bishop’s Waltham, who was taking her daughter swimming, said she had not been aware of any traffic coming towards her.

The junction has filter lights allowing drivers to turn right on to Eastleigh Road when the straight-on lights turn red, but cars can also go when those lights are green if it is clear.

Collision investigator PC Drew McDonnell, of Hampshire police, could not determine vehicle speed.

But he said the “absolute minimum” speed of the bike would have been 26 miles an hour, which did not take into account the impact with the wall, tree and other car, suggesting he was travelling in excess of the 30mph limit.

He said it was impossible to establish when Mr Ashdown went through the lights, as witness accounts differed, or if the filter light was on when the crash happened.

Grahame Short, coroner for central and west Hampshire, said he thought Mrs Wilkinson’s car had just set off so was going slowly and it was “safe to conclude” that before the collision Mr Ashdown was speeding.

He said he judged the lights changed as Mr Ashdown crossed the stopping line and he could not stop.

He concluded a verdict of death due to a road traffic collision.

Mark, a machine operator at Coil Master in Fair Oak, planned to move to London with his fiancée just days after the crash, hoping to kick-start a career in music.

Father Peter Ashdown, of Fair Oak, said: “At the end of the day this has happened – it’s a horrible accident.”

His wife Simone added: “He was just loved by all his family and friends. It’s very sad that he never got to see his baby.

“He was the happiest he’d ever been and he had all these plans.”

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11:59am Mon 18 Aug 14

sparkster says...

My thoughts and condolences to the family
My thoughts and condolences to the family sparkster
  • Score: 9

12:26pm Mon 18 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.
RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him. joiner123
  • Score: 17

12:52pm Mon 18 Aug 14

espanuel says...

joiner123 wrote:
RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.
You have just made a negative comment, read your comment and then read the story again.
[quote][p][bold]joiner123[/bold] wrote: RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.[/p][/quote]You have just made a negative comment, read your comment and then read the story again. espanuel
  • Score: -14

1:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

I have. Doesn't change the fact someone pulled across him.
I have. Doesn't change the fact someone pulled across him. joiner123
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Mon 18 Aug 14

richieroo says...

joiner123 wrote:
I have. Doesn't change the fact someone pulled across him.
Doesn't change the fact he was speeding either.
[quote][p][bold]joiner123[/bold] wrote: I have. Doesn't change the fact someone pulled across him.[/p][/quote]Doesn't change the fact he was speeding either. richieroo
  • Score: -4

1:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

joiner123 says...

Proof? It doesn't say he was. The DE tabloid has plucked out and ordered words from and officials statement.
Proof? It doesn't say he was. The DE tabloid has plucked out and ordered words from and officials statement. joiner123
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Mon 18 Aug 14

richieroo says...

joiner123 wrote:
Proof? It doesn't say he was. The DE tabloid has plucked out and ordered words from and officials statement.
Grahame Short, coroner for central and west Hampshire, said he thought Mrs Wilkinson’s car had just set off so was going slowly and it was “safe to conclude” that before the collision Mr Ashdown was speeding.

He said he judged the lights changed as Mr Ashdown crossed the stopping line and he could not stop.

Whatever the facts are a family has lost a father/son/ boyfriend RIP fella.
[quote][p][bold]joiner123[/bold] wrote: Proof? It doesn't say he was. The DE tabloid has plucked out and ordered words from and officials statement.[/p][/quote]Grahame Short, coroner for central and west Hampshire, said he thought Mrs Wilkinson’s car had just set off so was going slowly and it was “safe to conclude” that before the collision Mr Ashdown was speeding. He said he judged the lights changed as Mr Ashdown crossed the stopping line and he could not stop. Whatever the facts are a family has lost a father/son/ boyfriend RIP fella. richieroo
  • Score: 9

1:23pm Mon 18 Aug 14

S!monOn says...

joiner123 wrote:
RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.
You could have left it with your best wishes , but you just had to put out an invite for the negative comments.
[quote][p][bold]joiner123[/bold] wrote: RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.[/p][/quote]You could have left it with your best wishes , but you just had to put out an invite for the negative comments. S!monOn
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

newsknight says...

joiner123 wrote:
RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.
I agree with you - there is no actual evidence of speed, but neither is there evidence that the car driver was not 'in a hurry', checking her phone, or distracted by her child :-( A tragedy and supposition not helpful - RIP
[quote][p][bold]joiner123[/bold] wrote: RIP to this guy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Just wait for all the negative comments to follow with people forgetting that this chap died avoiding someone pulling across him.[/p][/quote]I agree with you - there is no actual evidence of speed, but neither is there evidence that the car driver was not 'in a hurry', checking her phone, or distracted by her child :-( A tragedy and supposition not helpful - RIP newsknight
  • Score: 9

7:24pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mike coll says...

I does not matter what speed the bike was doing, the car driver should have looked TWICE.
I does not matter what speed the bike was doing, the car driver should have looked TWICE. mike coll
  • Score: -1

8:22pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sparkster says...

At the end of the day a poor man has lost his life, perhaps the car driver should have done this or that, that's neither here or there and his family and friends may well read these comments, lets just think about his family at this sad time and what they must be feeling
At the end of the day a poor man has lost his life, perhaps the car driver should have done this or that, that's neither here or there and his family and friends may well read these comments, lets just think about his family at this sad time and what they must be feeling sparkster
  • Score: 1

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