Family calls for action on Great Finborough road where Stowmarket teenager Robert Quinn died

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn - Credit: Archant

The family of a “kind-hearted young man” who died in a motorcycle crash in Suffolk is asking if more can be done to reduce the number of accidents along that stretch of road.

The family of a “kind-hearted young man” who died in a motorcycle crash in Suffolk is asking if more can be done to reduce the number of accidents along that stretch of road.

Robert Quinn, 19, died in a crash on the B1115 between Great Finborough and Hitcham on July 10 last year.

Forensic officers said Mr Quinn, of Walton Road, Stowmarket, lost control of his Suzuki motorbike on a corner after braking suddenly, causing it to slide into the path of an oncoming Volkswagen Passat.

However, his family said yesterday at his inquest in Bury St Edmunds that a question remained as to why he applied his brakes suddenly, labelling it “contrary to all he was taught during his motorcycle training and his subsequent experience as a driver”.

They also expressed their “heartfelt thanks” to everyone who fought so hard to save his life at the scene of the accident.


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“Our thoughts are also with the young woman driving the oncoming car involved in the accident and also to Mr Quinn’s motorcyclist friend who was riding ahead of him that evening, both of whom will have undoubtedly suffered significant trauma as a result,” they said in a statement read out to the coroner.

Mr Quinn had been out for a ride with his friend, Edward Peckham, with Mr Quinn choosing the route as he loved the stretch of road through Hitcham.

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Forensic scene investigation officer Roy Dade said the heavy braking caused Mr Quinn to lose control of the bike on the corner.

“He applied heavy braking to the front wheel, causing it to lock and causing the machine to drop to its near side,” he told assistant Suffolk coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone. “As this happened on the left bend the motorcycle crossed the carriageway into the path of a Volkwagen Passat.

“While I can’t say with any certainty, I do consider it possible that if Mr Quinn had maintained his speed and position he may have been able to negotiate the bend.”

He added: “I consider it most likely he felt he was travelling too fast for the bend and tried to reduce his speed.”

However, Mr Quinn’s family asked if the road environment could have been a “significant contributory factor” to the accident, questioning whether there should be more “slow” signs in the carriageway and a warning of an upcoming hidden dip.

They said if this was the case, they would urge the police, county councils and nearby parish councils to try to reduce the number of accidents along that road.

Dr Sharpstone concluded Mr Quinn died because of a road traffic collision.

Speaking after the accident last July, Mr Quinn’s family said: “Rob was a kind-hearted young man who was loved by everyone who knew him.”

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