Two killed as biker fails to stop at road junction
A CORONER has blasted homemade modifications made to a disabled biker's motorcycle after it was involved in a fatal accident that killed two people.One-armed biker Gordon Thackray, 58, died when his specially-modified motorbike crashed at a cross roads – seriously injuring his grandson and killing another motorcyclist, 45-year-old Mark Dossett, when the accident took place near Askwith, North Yorkshire on April 5th this year. An inquest into the accident heard how Mr Thackray, who was riding a bike he had adapted so he could use it with one hand, ignored a give way sign and ploughed into Mr Dossett.
Coroner Geoff Fell told the inquest into the double fatal accident the modifications to Gordon Thackray’s 25-year-old bike made it a “Heath Robinson” contraption. However, Mr Thackray's bike had passed its MOT shortly before the crash. Police crash investigator Steve Kirkbright told the inquest that, had he lived, it would have been “highly likely” Mr Thackray, of Valley Drive, Ilkley, would have been facing criminal charges of causing Mr Dossett’s death by careless driving.Mr Fell recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on Mr Dossett and that Mr Thackray’s death was caused when he “failed to comply with a give way sign and as a consequence collided with a motorcycle on a major road”.
So did he crash because he failed to stop at the sign,or was it the bike that caused it?
If it did pass an MOT with the modifications,then surely it was fit for the road?
How many cars are there with 'modifications' that allow disabled drivers to enjoy a bit more freedom?
I thought this bloke was a Coroner,not a vehicle inspector
Posted: 16/12/2009 at 15:13
Posted: 16/12/2009 at 15:27
I was riding with Mark and a few feet behind him when this accident occurred.
I was also at this inquest.
Based upon the evidence it was decided that Gordon Thackray decided to attempt to cross the junction, which he was meant to give way at, as it would have been inconvienient for him to stop.
Gordon Thackray had only one arm and no use in one leg. For him setting off was a long and hard process, which was further emphasized by the pillion and the fact it would have been a hill start. He had a clear view of the main rode he attempted to cross so there was little chance that he didn't see Mark or another BMW rider who was lucky not to also be involved in the accident.
The coroner was very good, well informed, and also biker. He did not blame the modifications to the bike, he blamed Mr Thackray's foolish and selfish decision that cost the life of one of my best friends and very nearly the life of his grandson.
Posted: 16/12/2009 at 15:48
With the exception of DeeKimber, the posts on this thread are a load of bollocks.
When a thread is posted where a biker is killed in an incident involving a car (irrespective of blame), the frothy mouths normally come out screaming blue murder about the car driver.
The disabled rider caused the death of another motorcyclist, or has that passed most of you by?
If it had been a disabled driver (rather than rider), not one of you would be defending him and would be forming a lynch mob for all disabled drivers and bemaoning the loss of Mr Dossett.
Nobody has passed on their sympathies to the family & friends of Mark Dossett. I will and I hope you find happiness in remembering the good times you all shared with him.
Posted: 16/12/2009 at 17:01
Posted: 16/12/2009 at 17:12
Posted: 16/12/2009 at 17:41
In answer to ARTSCHOOL.
Gordon Thackray had severe accidents in the 1970's and 1990's resulting in the loss of his right arm and damage to a lower limb as detailed at the Inquest.
He drove his 200 cc bike up a rising gradient , overtaking a car at approx 45mph, he did not reduce his speed prior to reaching the crossroads. He ignored the Give way sign . The bike did not dip at the front, brakes were not applied. He did not turn his head to look for traffic on the main road, he careered into the main highway , smashing into my son's bike causing his and my sons death.
Three witnesses at Court attested to the above. Gordon Thackray drove without care or consideration to other road users.
He killed my son , and almost killed his grandson, who thankfully is still alive despite apalling injuries.
The police commented that Thacklay was not wearing suitable protective clothing and that the Crash Helmets were extremely old , although they would have passed inspection, they did not conform to the current expected standard, The boy's helmet was very loose fitting.
This accident was caused by the sheer carelessness of Thackray.
My son Mark had 30 years biking experience, and enjoyed every minute of his biking life. He always used top of the range biking gear and was very safety conscious, and yet still lost his life.
To all Bikers out there , enjoy your biking and have very long and safe lives. Ensure you have the best gear you can afford, and avoid taking unnecessary risks. Take care!
My thanks to Dee Kimber for his comments
Posted: 18/12/2009 at 16:12
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