Inquest: Moment’s aberration cost young man his life

Published date: 17 January 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman
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A FATHER says he will never understand the error of judgement which claimed his “lovely lad” in a motorcycle accident.

An inquest into the death of 23-year-old Daniel Mark Williams (pictured) heard how the Ruthin man was killed he collided with a 4x4 on the A494 near Gwyddelwern, near Corwen, last August.

The former Ysgol Brynhyfrd pupil was understood to have been overtaking another vehicle on his Suzuki GSXR 600 motorbike when the incident occurred.

North Wales coroner, John Gittins, told the hearing at County Hall, Ruthin, that “a moment's aberration” had probably cost the young man his life, before reaching a conclusion of accidental death.

A statement from Daniel's father David was read out at the inquest, which said: “He was a lovely lad and he is missed as a son.
“Daniel's death touched so many people and the response has been incredible.

“He was a meticulous type of person. He was safety concsious.
“I cannot understand how Daniel made such a bad judgement call on that day and I doubt I ever will.”

Mr Williams, of Ruthin, who worked at his father's Williams Plant Hire business, had only passed his compulsary basic motorcycle training test in January last year.

He had bought the Suzuki bike, his first, in March.

Kenneth Ewing, the driver of the Jeep Ranger 4x4, told the inquest how he had tried to avoid a collision with Mr Williams, who had been on the wrong side of the road.

“All of a sudden the bike was in front of me,” he said.
“I pulled to the side as much as I could and braked.
“I ended up down the bank in a field.

“When I got out the bike was on fire, burning fiercely, and the rider was up against the other bank.”

Pathology reports showed Mr Williamns had suffered multiple injuries. He died at the scene.

David Collins, who had been driving in front of Mr Ewings and saw the incident unfold in his rear view mirror said: “There was a deafening crecsendo.

“His (Mr Williams’) emergence from behind a passing car must have been so quick that I only saw him once he was behind me.

“His back end went round and then I saw the impact.
“It is a total tragedy.”

Michael Prime, a forensic collision investigator with North Wales Police said the motorcycle had been travelling around a left-hand bend.

“It was in the early stages of being our of control before the impact.”

Upon reaching his conclusion, Mr Gittins said: “This was a moment's aberration.
“There are very clear indications that at the point of the collision Mr Wiliams was on the wrong side of the road.”

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