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Inquest told how a Hampshire man died after losing control of his motorbike
A motorcyclist died when he lost control of his bike on a corner and slid into an oncoming van, an inquest heard.
Experienced biker Bernard Ryder came off his red Honda CBR 900 motorbike on the A35 at Holmsley before sliding along the road and colliding with a white Mercedes Vito vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.
Mr Ryder, of Waltham Crescent in Southampton, died at the scene just after 4pm on May 5 – just half an hour after visiting his mother Betty, who suffers from dementia.
Speaking at the inquest his sisters spoke of how they missed their brother – known as Bernie – and how they hope his death will raise safety awareness.
In evidence read to the court by PC Mark Furse, witnesses told how Mr Ryder, who only got the bike a few days earlier, had overtaken several cars before the crash and they said he was travelling at speeds of between 80mph to more than 100mph.
Balasubramaniaam Mohanathas, from Surrey, who was driving the Mercedes van, said he did everything he could to avoid Mr Ryder.
PC Furse added: “He appears to have failed to negotiate a left-hand bend and slid into an oncoming vehicle with devastating consequences.”
Following his death, the Daily Echo reported how it took 18 minutes for an ambulance and doctor to arrive at the crash – more than double the supposed response time for a life-threatening emergency call – due to high demand in the area at that time.
At the time, councillors also called for the 60mph speed limit on the road to be reduced following a string of crashes.
Deputy coroner for Southampton Gordon Denson said Mr Ryder, a mechanic who worked at Selwood in Chandler’s Ford, suffered multiple injuries and recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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