Dad-of-two died after losing control of bike

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A DAD-of-two died when he lost control of his motorbike and slid underneath a car on his way home from work.

An inquest into the death of Holbeach man Daniel Graves (30) was held in King’s Lynn on Monday, when coroner William Armstrong recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard that Mr Graves had just left his workplace at King’s Lynn’s Hardwick Industrial Estate on April 12 when he fell from his bike and hit a black Mitsubishi Shogun.

There was nothing the Shogun driver could have done and she was entirely blameless, Mr Armstrong told the court.

He added that Mr Graves died as a result of the accident, and it appeared he had lost control, locked his rear wheel and skidded.

Mr Armstrong said: “It appears he was going too quickly and then over-reacted to the presence of the Shogun, which he could not have seen until it was too late.”

He paid tribute to Mr Graves, of Kensington Close, who was regarded as an inspirational figure at the Open Road West Norfolk Trust in Rollesby Road, where he taught teenagers automotive skills.

He added: “I am mindful of the terrible tragedy Daniel’s family has undergone.

“He was a loving father, husband and son and a hard-working young man.

“He was the sort of person who would do anything for anybody.”

Shogun driver Lynsey Schonfelder-Hornby told the inquest she was in Rollesby Road indicating to turn right when she heard loud revving and saw a motorcycle weaving towards her.

The rider did not appear to have seen her and disappeared under the front of her car.

Passenger Marc Cooke said he was directing Mrs Schonfelder-Hornby, who was a cautious driver, and she had slowed right down before starting to turn right.

Cyclist Paul Freear said he heard revving followed seconds later by a loud thud.

He then saw a motorcycle slide along the road on the offside of the Shogun.

Forensic Collision Investigator PC Simon Hall said Mr Graves was travelling at about 38mph when he started to skid.