Ipswich: We don’t blame you - family speak out after inquest into death of Rob Davis

IPSWICH: A motorcyclist died of multiple injuries after colliding with a van with a force described as being similar to hitting a brick wall.

Rob Davis was riding his Honda Fireblade bike in Wherstead Road heading out of Ipswich when the accident took place at around 7.20am on November 9 last year.

The 43-year-old, of Felixstowe Road, had just overtaken a transit van when he collided with another van which had started turning right across the his path.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death at an inquest at Ip-City yesterday.

Pc Richard Godden, of Suffolk police’s serious collision investigation team, told the inquest the road surface was damp but the weather was dry and visibility was good.

He said after hitting the oncoming van, Mr Davis collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction.

The marina supervisor, who worked at Fox’s Marina, was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic at 7.45am.

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Pc Godden told the inquest the driver of the van which Mr Davis stuck may not have seen him because he could have been obscured by the vehicle he was overtaking.

He said: “The whole incident happened in a matter of seconds.

“Evidence from the driver of the van Mr Davis overtook suggests he overtook him at quite some speed but I am unable to put an exact speed on it.

“The only physical evidence was a single tyre mark left by Mr Davis. If he had been doing 30mph at the start of the skid then he would have been able to stop before hitting the van.

“It suggests he was travelling in excess of 30mph but we can’t say for sure how fast he was going.

“Hitting the van was like hitting a brick wall.”

Speaking after the inquest, Julie Strike, Mr Davis’s sister, told The Star: “My family in no way blame the driver of the van, it was a tragic accident.

“We hope he carries no guilt.

“We miss Rob deeply and will always remember him.

“He was the life and soul of the party.

“We would like to thank all the emergency services, police and paramedics who helped him on that day.”

A post mortem examination revealed the cause of death was cardio-respiratory failure due to multiple lacerations of the lungs, blood loss and rib fractures.

n Pay tribute to Mr Davis. Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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