Inquest hears how motorcyclist and driver died in 130mph crash on North Yorkshire road

The Northern Echo: Inquest hears how crash death biker was travelling at 130mph Inquest hears how crash death biker was travelling at 130mph

A MOTORCYCLIST overtaking at speeds of about 130mph died after crashing head-on into a car, killing the driver, an inquest heard today (Tuesday, January 21).

North Yorkshire east coroner Michael Oakley heard that Jennie Currer, 65, from Sacriston, County Durham, had been on a day trip to Helmsley, North Yorkshire, with her sister-in-law Beryl Williams on August 3 last year when their car was hit by a motorcycle being ridden by Gordon Bullock, 45, from Redcar.

Mrs Williams told the inquest, at Northallerton’s Evolution Centre, they were going home on the B1257 towards Stokesley, which was quiet as they approached Newgate Bank.

She said: “We were climbing a hill that was quite steep, and were nearly at the brow.

“I heard Jennie scream and I saw the motorbike which seemed to be up in the air – Jennie didn’t stand a chance.”

The crash left Mr Bullock’s Yamaha Genesis motorbike embedded in Mrs Currer’s Volkswagon Polo.

When the car came to a stop Mrs Williams tried to speak to Mrs Currer but she did not respond, and attempts to get her out of the car were unsuccessful before the vehicle burst into flames.

Mark Williams, from Helmsley (no relation to Mrs Williams), was driving towards the town with his wife when he noticed Mrs Currer approaching him.

He said: “As she came into view there was a flash of lightening behind me and then the bike was beside me as we were literally passing Mrs Currer.”

A post mortem confirmed that Mr Bullock died from severe head injuries and Mrs Currer died of severe head injuries and burns.

Traffic Constable David Taylor said: “The speedometer was showing 135mph, however further examination showed on impact it had been at 129mph.

“After impact the rear wheel lifted off the ground to record the higher speed.”

He said he believed Mr Bullock had either planned to overtake Mr Williams and had not seen Mrs Currer, or he had come up behind Mr Williams so quickly he had no choice but to pull out.

The inquest heard North Yorkshire County Council is to change the lines on the road to double white lines, so no overtaking would be allowed.

Mr Oakley said: “The white lines would be a warning to drivers. Quite why he was driving at the speed we do not know.”

He recorded narrative conclusions, saying that both died as a result of the collision when Mr Bullock’s motorbike was overtaking another car on the wrong side of the road.

Speaking after the inquest, Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard from North Yorkshire Police said: “The best way to deal with speeding is with our increased speed camera vehicles and with unmarked police cars patrolling.

“For some, education is never going to work because it is an adrenalin rush to push the bikes as much as they can.

“While sports bikes are made to go to these speeds we will always have incidents like this.”

The B1257 from Helmsley to Great Broughton is one of North Yorkshire's worst roads for motorcycle deaths and casualties.

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8:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

chrisby33 says...

Once again we hear of a weekend power ranger killing himself and someone else... to think these are grown men riding these machines just compounds the stupidity of their actions.

its about time the law came down like a tonne of bricks on these idiots and impose better sentences for dangerous driving to ensure there is more of a deterrent. I would start by imposing an automatic 12month jail sentance for driving over 100mph
Once again we hear of a weekend power ranger killing himself and someone else... to think these are grown men riding these machines just compounds the stupidity of their actions. its about time the law came down like a tonne of bricks on these idiots and impose better sentences for dangerous driving to ensure there is more of a deterrent. I would start by imposing an automatic 12month jail sentance for driving over 100mph chrisby33
  • Score: 34

9:26pm Tue 21 Jan 14

LUSTARD says...

theyre more on the ball in australia with the bikies
theyre more on the ball in australia with the bikies LUSTARD
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Tue 21 Jan 14

spragger says...

130 mph!
Most people realise they are not immortal some time after 25 but this guy was 45!
and he killed an innocent woman as well
These people need reigning in . .
130 mph! Most people realise they are not immortal some time after 25 but this guy was 45! and he killed an innocent woman as well These people need reigning in . . spragger
  • Score: 18

11:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

grandmab says...

Start with the speed limit. Lower it by changing from mph to kph. Then stop the sale of any vehicle for road use that exceeds that limit. You cannot legislate common sense but you can prevent excessive speed without adding extra police and equipment . I'm surprised the insurance companies are not lobbying for changes to the law as they have in North America. Canada has some of the best road safety laws in the world and they came about through action by the insurance companies.
Start with the speed limit. Lower it by changing from mph to kph. Then stop the sale of any vehicle for road use that exceeds that limit. You cannot legislate common sense but you can prevent excessive speed without adding extra police and equipment . I'm surprised the insurance companies are not lobbying for changes to the law as they have in North America. Canada has some of the best road safety laws in the world and they came about through action by the insurance companies. grandmab
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9:24am Wed 22 Jan 14

thehogman says...

I was talking to a middle aged biker some weeks ago, he was complaining the police had unduly taken his license of him; he bragged of losing them by doing 140 mph (on country road), however they caught him because he had stopped at a roadside cafe. He claimed he was causing nobody any danger and besides his bike was capable of doing such speeds and because he had stopped he should have been let off!!!???; he was oblivious to what he was doing or what was wrong with it....he was 47 years old !?!!!!!!!!!??!!! idiot
I was talking to a middle aged biker some weeks ago, he was complaining the police had unduly taken his license of him; he bragged of losing them by doing 140 mph (on country road), however they caught him because he had stopped at a roadside cafe. He claimed he was causing nobody any danger and besides his bike was capable of doing such speeds and because he had stopped he should have been let off!!!???; he was oblivious to what he was doing or what was wrong with it....he was 47 years old !?!!!!!!!!!??!!! idiot thehogman
  • Score: 22

11:54am Wed 22 Jan 14

studio says...

How would reducing the speed limit help? Its not like it would have made any difference on this occasion is it?
How would reducing the speed limit help? Its not like it would have made any difference on this occasion is it? studio
  • Score: 11

4:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bob the knob says...

was talking to a middle aged biker some weeks ago, he was complaining the police had unduly taken his license of him; he bragged of losing them by doing 140 mph (on country road), however they caught him because he had stopped at a roadside cafe. He claimed he was causing nobody any danger and besides his bike was capable of doing such speeds and because he had stopped he should have been let off!!!???; he was oblivious to what he was doing or what was wrong with it....he was 47 years old !?!!!!!!!!!??!!! idiot



pull the other one .
was talking to a middle aged biker some weeks ago, he was complaining the police had unduly taken his license of him; he bragged of losing them by doing 140 mph (on country road), however they caught him because he had stopped at a roadside cafe. He claimed he was causing nobody any danger and besides his bike was capable of doing such speeds and because he had stopped he should have been let off!!!???; he was oblivious to what he was doing or what was wrong with it....he was 47 years old !?!!!!!!!!!??!!! idiot pull the other one . bob the knob
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4:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bob the knob says...

i too am a motorcycle rider , we do get the few that can and will speed to over a ton plus, on roads that are not suitable,
but don't judge us all by this accident. tragic as it was.
i too am a motorcycle rider , we do get the few that can and will speed to over a ton plus, on roads that are not suitable, but don't judge us all by this accident. tragic as it was. bob the knob
  • Score: 5

6:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

ianh says...

I wont attempt to justify this riders actions, nor belittle the terrible loss suffered by both families, but it is a fact that far more riders suffer at the hands of drivers than vice-versa.

It is therefore a real shame that we dont get the same indignant responses when it is yet another motorcyclist that is killed by an incompetent driver.

Also some should try doing a little research before preaching ...two minutes on the web give World Health Organisation figures showing we have far safer roads than Canada or the US (5.4 deaths/100,000 in the uk compared to 8.8 in Canada and 13.9 in the US)
Still, must not let a a few facts get in the way of such self-righteous indignation...
I wont attempt to justify this riders actions, nor belittle the terrible loss suffered by both families, but it is a fact that far more riders suffer at the hands of drivers than vice-versa. It is therefore a real shame that we dont get the same indignant responses when it is yet another motorcyclist that is killed by an incompetent driver. Also some should try doing a little research before preaching ...two minutes on the web give World Health Organisation figures showing we have far safer roads than Canada or the US (5.4 deaths/100,000 in the uk compared to 8.8 in Canada and 13.9 in the US) Still, must not let a a few facts get in the way of such self-righteous indignation... ianh
  • Score: -2

7:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Robert_ says...

"The inquest heard North Yorkshire County Council is to change the lines on the road to double white lines, so no overtaking would be allowed."

Sorry but this is ridiculous, because some moron was doing 130 mph on a motorbike does not mean we all need to be told not to go so fast on the brow of a hill. He murdered that poor woman.
"The inquest heard North Yorkshire County Council is to change the lines on the road to double white lines, so no overtaking would be allowed." Sorry but this is ridiculous, because some moron was doing 130 mph on a motorbike does not mean we all need to be told not to go so fast on the brow of a hill. He murdered that poor woman. Robert_
  • Score: 4

9:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

spottycow says...

WE get these so called BIKERS all the time on this road and they think they have the right to use it as a race track its about time these people take heed at these TRAGIC EVENTS AND GROW UP .AS AN EX BIKER I GET UPSET AT THE WAY THEY DRIVE SOMETIMES PLEASE TAKE CARE AS ITS JUST NOT YOU WHO SUFFERS CONDOLENCES TO THE LADIES FAMILY
WE get these so called BIKERS all the time on this road and they think they have the right to use it as a race track its about time these people take heed at these TRAGIC EVENTS AND GROW UP .AS AN EX BIKER I GET UPSET AT THE WAY THEY DRIVE SOMETIMES PLEASE TAKE CARE AS ITS JUST NOT YOU WHO SUFFERS CONDOLENCES TO THE LADIES FAMILY spottycow
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