Death crash rider had illegal visor

A MOTORCYCLIST who died after crashing into a right-turning car towing a caravan may not have seen the indicators because he was wearing an illegal helmet with too dark a visor. Peter Toseland-Goakes, 36, a sports lecturer, of High Street, Offord Cluny, w

A MOTORCYCLIST who died after crashing into a right-turning car towing a caravan may not have seen the indicators because he was wearing an illegal helmet with too dark a visor.

Peter Toseland-Goakes, 36, a sports lecturer, of High Street, Offord Cluny, was travelling on the B1090 at King's Ripton when the accident happened in April.

He died at the scene, a Huntingdon inquest heard.

The indicators had been working properly on the car and caravan, which was being towed from Pidley to Glebe Farm, King's Ripton, Pc Steve Edwards told the coroner, Dr Colin Lattimore.


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The driver would have been able to have seen the motorcyclist better if he had been using towing mirrors, but they were not a legal requirement.

"The rider was wearing a heavily-tinted visor. It is not a lawful visor and he may not have noticed the indicator," Pc Edwards added.

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Papworth pathologist Martin Goddard said death had been caused by a head injury.

Although Mr Toseland-Goakes suffered from a condition known as haemochromatosis, that resulted in too much iron in the blood, it had not contributed to the accident or caused his death, Dr Goddard added.

The verdict was accidental death.

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