Dad's crash death 'a tragic accident'

A FATHER-of-two who died in a “very tragic accident” was over the legal alcohol limit and driving a defective motorbike, an inquest has heard.

Jonathan Schofield

A FATHER-of-two who died in a “very tragic accident” was over the legal alcohol limit and driving a defective motorbike, an inquest has heard.

Kurt Meadlarklan, 25, from Stowupland, was seriously injured when he collided with a parked Rover car on May 29 in Kittiwake Court, Stowmarket, just before 11pm.

Mr Meadlarklan died from head injuries in West Suffolk Hospital the next day.


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An inquest in Bury St Edmunds yesterday heard that he had 139 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood at the time of the crash. The legal limit is 80 mlgs of alcohol.

A report from Pc Jeffrey Cribb, the crash scene investigator, said the Honda 125 had defects to the brakes and the tread on one of the tyres which would have affected Mr Meadlarklan's ability to brake.

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The inquest was told that he must have failed to see the parked car and collided with the rear of it.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Dr Peter Dean said the level of alcohol was a plausible explanation for the accident.

“This was a very tragic accident that caused the death of this young man and my sympathies go out to his family and friends,” he added.

In a statement made shortly after the accident Mr Meadlarklan's family said Kurt had lived life to the full.

They added: “Kurt was taken so cruelly from us on May 30. He was a wonderful daddy to Matilda and Noah, a loving partner, a wonderful son and brother and caring grandson.”

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