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Inquest hears how trapped biker Stuart Owen had no escape

A MOTORCYCLIST thrown off his machine in a motorway crash near Solihull died from multiple injuries after the car he was behind suddenly lost power - and he was run over by another vehicle, an inquest heard.

A MOTORCYCLIST thrown off his machine in a motorway crash near Solihull died from multiple injuries after the car he was behind suddenly lost power - and he was run over by another vehicle, an inquest heard.

Warwickshire coroner Sean McGovern on Thursday, June 11, recorded a verdict that 38-year-old IT consultant Stuart Owen, of Underwood Drive, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, died as a result of an accident on a loop road linking the M40 and M42 northbound at Tanworth-in-Arden, on December 2 last year.

Giving evidence at the resumed inquest in Leamington Town Hall, vehicle examiner Lloyd Levett said he found a fault in the Seat Toledo’s electronic control unit that caused sudden rapid loss of power and deceleration. Drivers following behind would not have been aware of what had happened.

“There would be no warning for the [Seat] driver at all. On this particular vehicle there is no warning light,” he said.

The motorcyclist was unable to stop, crashed into the back of the Seat, was thrown from his machine and run over by a Nissan Navara while lying on the carriageway.

 

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