Derek Lindon was not riding recklessly before fatal crash

AN Onchan biker who died in a three-vehicle crash on the Mountain Road was not driving recklessly, an inquest found.

Derek John Lindon, of Ballachurry Park, was declared dead at the scene after he lost control of his Kawasaki at the Black Hut.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded for the 42-year-old milkman, who suffered severe head injuries during the incident at about 6.30pm on May 24.

Coroner Michael Moyle said it was a 'very sad accident' and that, although he was riding at speed, he wasn't acting recklessly.

Tributes have poured in for Mr Lindon, who lived with his girlfriend Tanya and 14-year-old daughter Tatiana.

Constable Richard Kennish, of the roads policing unit, said Mr Lindon was an experienced rider but had only been riding the Kawasaki for three months.

At the time of the crash, Mr Lindon was entering a left-hand corner when the tyres lost grip on the road because of the speed he was travelling at.

His bike fell onto one side and skidded over the centre line into the path of a Nissan Micra travelling in the opposite direction.

After hitting the side of the car the bike struck Mr Lindon before it smashed into a Mini Cooper head on. Mr Lindon skidded 70 metres before stopping.

The inquest heard from Joan Sherry, of Union Mills, who was the Micra driver.

She described seeing Mr Lindon's bike 'leaning at a very acute angle' before falling.

'All I could see was this green machine coming towards my car. It all happened very quickly,' she said.

Mr Moyle read out a statement from the driver of the Mini, Harry Colville, from Birmingham.

He suffered multiple fractures in the crash and is still undergoing treatment in the UK.

Mr Colville said he saw the bike running wide around the corner, before 'colliding heavily' with his car.

The force of the impact caused his car to stop before spinning 90 degrees, he said.

The inquest heard that Mr Lindon was travelling as part of a small group of bikers who had left Ramsey at the same time.

The biker immediately behind Mr Lindon was Stephen Allright, of Birch Hill Avenue, Onchan.

He said Mr Lindon overtook him at about 110mph but was in control and taking up a 'normal' position on the left side of the road for the bend.

But he said: 'Then without warning or noticeable reason the front wheel washed out and lost grip on the road.'

He said he thought it was because Mr Lindon was trying to brake while going round the corner, although police found no evidence that he was trying to slow down.

Mr Moyle issued a warning to motorists: 'I can't stop people driving motorcycles, or driving fast, but in the present circumstances, with the TT period ahead, I would urge people to be that much more careful and be aware of the dangers involved.

'It's not only one life you're taking into your own hands.'

The funeral will be held at The New Douglas Lawn Cemetery at 1pm tomorrow (Friday). Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter Fund.

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