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Inquest: Beaconsfield biker in fatal crash under influence of drugs
9:30am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A MAN who died along with his passenger in a motorcycle crash in the South of France was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, an inquest heard.
42-year-old Matthew Clegg from Cherry Tree Road in Beaconsfield suffered multiple injuries after losing control of the BMW bike he was riding while overtaking traffic near Marseilles in 2011.
Mr Clegg had flown to Marseilles to visit a French friend and work colleague, who also died in the crash close to the town of La Ciotat on the Mediterranean coast.
After sliding on its side, the bike first hit an Audi A3 and then a Citroen C5 - both travelling in the opposite direction - and became lodged in the second car.
Mr Clegg and his passenger were both declared dead at the scene.
Blood samples confirmed Mr Clegg, who had been riding the motorcycle, had consumed alcohol and taken cocaine before the crash.
Despite the collision taking place on August 15, 2011, the inquest was delayed for nearly two years while information was gathered from the French authorities.
Buckinghamshire Coroner Richard Hulett said waiting for details from deaths occurring abroad is common, and can be a frustrating process for families.
Mr Hulett recorded a verdict of a road traffic collision at Beaconsfield Coroner’s Court on Thursday.