Inquest into TT racer’s death

Karl Harris

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The accident that claimed the life of TT racer Karl Harris at last year’s TT could simply have been a tragic error of judgement.

Recording a misadventure verdict on Mr Harris, 34, from East Yorkshire, coroner John Needham said there was contact between Mr Harris’s Kawasaki ZX10 and Joe Faragher’s Honda Fireblade which he had caught up with in the Joey’s section of the Mountain Course.

‘There was a racing incident which may have involved an error of judgement and travelling at those speeds matters can be very unforgiving once control is lost,’ Mr Needham told the court.

Evidence from accident investigator Constable Michael Crompton found rubber tyre marks on the nearside swinging arm of Mr Faragher’s bike which may have come from the front tyre of Mr Harris’s Kawasaki.

There were also tyre marks on the fork leg and front mudguard of Mr Harris’s bike, possibly from the back tyre of Mr Faragher’s bike.

The court heard Mr Harris was declared dead at the scene from multiple injuries. Mr Faragher, who was present in court, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Mr Needham offered his condolences.

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