Biker's widow sues skateboarder over husband's death

Family seeks six-figure sum over 2007 road traffic collision

THE WIDOW of a motorcyclist is to sue a skateboarder for a six-figure sum, after her husband was killed trying to avoid the teenager in a road traffic collision.

Suzanne Honey, widow of motorcyclist Tim Honey, has issued a High Court writ after her husband died of multiple internal injuries after a collision on his Suzuki GSX-R1000.

An inquest in June 2008, revealed how Lewis Hart, aged 15 at the time of the crash, stepped into the road to retrieve his friend's skateboard after he'd lost control of it, in Estover, Devon.

Mr Honey, who was riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000, clipped the teenager, causing the rider to veer into the path of the oncoming car, on April 20, 2007.

Police told the inquest there was no evidence to suggest either vehicle was travelling in excess of the 40mph speed limit.

Mr Honey, 47, suffered multiple injuries to his head, including a skull fracture. In addition, the writ states "there was disruption of the right anterior chest wall, of the liver and of the heart. He died later in hospital.

At the inquest city coroner, Ian Arrow, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mrs Honey now claims the accident was "caused by the negligence" of the boy. It's claimed Hart ran into the road without properly checking for any approaching traffic, failing to see or hear Mr Honey's motorbike and running into the path of the machine.

The claim is for "unlimited damages that will exceed £300,000" and was for "damages and loss arising from the death" of Mr Honey, reports the Western Morning News.

Mr Honey's family are suing the youth through a Tesco household insurance policy.