Elderly biker died trying to overtake car

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A GRANDFATHER with a passion for motorcycles died after he crashed while trying to overtake a car.

Henry Jarman (89), of Millfield Road, Deeping St James, had been riding motorcycles since he was a teenager.

He died on the A47 near Thorney at about 12.25pm on June 4, when his motorcycle and sidecar collided with a Vauxhall Corsa.

An inquest into his death held in Peterborough last Tuesday, was told Mr Jarman had put on his indicator, as if to overtake, moments before the crash.

Corsa driver Tracy Hartwell said she had slowed down and indicated right to turn into Knarr Fen Road just before the crash.

Crash investigation officer PC Francis Crawford told the hearing examination of the lights showed Mr Jarman was indicating when the crash happened.

He added: “There were skid marks on the road that suggested Mr Jarman braked to prevent the crash.”

Giving evidence, Mrs Hartwell said as she checked her mirror she saw the motorbike approaching.

She said: “I began to make a turn when there was an almighty bang and the car went into a field.

“I had no idea what had happened until I got out of the car.”

Mrs Hartwell’s daughter Katie (21), who was a passenger, saw that Mr Jarman was trapped under the wheel of the car.

She told the inquest that she held Mr Jarman’s hand while her mother went to flag down passing motorists to help lift the car off Mr Jarman.

He died later, having suffered crushing injuries.

Coroner Gordon Ryall recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: “It would seem he was trying to overtake the other vehicle at the time. Why he chose to overtake at that moment we will never know.

“It is very sad Mr Jarman died doing something he enjoyed so much.”

Father-of-five Mr Jarman ran Jarman’s Newsagents in Deeping St James from 1970 until he retired 15 years later but his real passion was for motorbikes.

He rode classic and modern bikes and was a member of the British Motorcyclists’ Federation and various other bike clubs.

He had just joined a Harley Davidson owners’ club and went to France every year for the Acetylene Moto Club show in Bourges.