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Motorcyclist died after M-way crash

A MOTORCYCLIST was thrown off his machine and ran over by another vehicle in a motorway crash near Solihull after the car he was behind suddenly lost power an inquest heard.

A MOTORCYCLIST was thrown off his machine and ran over by another vehicle in a motorway crash near Solihull after the car he was behind suddenly lost power an inquest heard.

Warwickshire coroner Sean McGovern, recorded a verdict that 38-year-old IT consultant Stuart Owen, of Underwood Drive, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, died from multiple injuries 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 ran over by a Nissan Navara while lying on the carriageway.

 

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