Motorcyclist 'caught out' by turning car

Bucks Free Press: Egidio Iafrate, known as Gidio to friends and family Egidio Iafrate, known as Gidio to friends and family

TWO manoeuvres seconds apart are thought to have caused the death of a motorcyclist, an inquest heard.

Egidio Iafrate died on September 15 at around 10am when the motorbike he was riding crashed into a Mercedes car on the A4010 in Great Kimble.

The inquest on Wednesday at Beaconsfield Coroner's Court heard Mr Iafrate died from multiple injuries.

Elizabeth Bonner told the inquest she was driving to Great Kimble church in her BMW with her daughter.

She said she slowed down to overtake a cyclist but had to wait before she had visibility over the brow of the hill.

Once past the cyclist she slowed to turn right into the car park of the Bernard Arms pub, which has been closed for some time.

Mrs Bonner said she indicated and waited, as a car was coming in the other direction.

She then heard a bang and saw in her mirror a motorcyclist rebound off the car behind her.

Jeremy Palmer, in the car behind, said he had to brake hard when Mrs Bonner's car slowed to turn.

He said at first the traffic seemed to have slowed because of the cyclist and he was surprised by the second manoeuvre.

Marc Thomas was coming in the other direction from Princes Risborough with his wife, Susan, and their daughter.

He said he saw the BMW indicate to turn right, the car behind and the motorcyclist, adding: "I remember thinking he was going way too fast for the cars in front of him."

He saw Mr Iafrate hit the car and land on his bike face up. His wife, a nurse, rang the emergency services and an off duty paramedic did CPR.

The cyclist, Edman Burr, told the court he saw Mr Iafrate drive past him and could see there was not enough space for the bike to stop.

Andrew Evans, a forensic collision investigator, said the accident was very unusual as it happened at a low speed- about 20 to 25mph.

That part of the road has a 50mph speed limit.

He said the bike was in first gear and probably accelerating to overtake the cyclist.

He said Mr Iafrate then had to decelerate quite quickly and apply the front brakes, throwing the bike forward and lifting the rear tyre up.

Coroner Richard Hulett said: "I can see here, how people, more than one person, were lulled into a belief it was manoeuvring around the cyclist that was causing the obstruction, which are commonplace on our roads.

"They believed they could then move forward normally. In the case of the motorcyclist, Mr Iafrate, he was caught out and the way the collision evolved then pitched him forward at chest height.

"It was not a great speed. It was never going to be a great speed. He was in first gear."

He recorded a cause of death due to a road traffic collision.

Mr Iafrate's son, Ian, said: "He is greatly missed by his wife, his sons and grandkids and mother."

He said the family want to campaign for better road safety on that stretch of road as he said they believe it will happen again, until something is done.

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