Holiday biker killed at German blackspot - inquest

A biker on a motorcycling holiday with friends died after losing control and crashing into a car at a German accident blackspot.

An inquest into the death of Wakefield man Carl Jackson, 45, heard that his powerful Aprilia bike crashed into a car travelling the opposite way on a woodland road close to the town of Schotten as he tried to negotiate a right-hand bend.

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Mr Jackson, a joiner and self-employed builder, sustained multiple injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Wakefield Coroner's Court heard that Mr Jackson had left the UK on

September 4 last year along with five fellow bikers.

They had intended to travel to the Italian lakes as part of an annual trip.

On September 10, just before 4.30pm, the group was travelling from the town of Gedern towards Schotten along the B276 when they reached a right-hand bend which the court heard had been the scene of a number of previous accidents.

Another member of the group reported that Mr Jackson, of Healey Road, Ossett, Wakefield, began overtaking other members of the group just before the bend.

As he continued around it, he was met with a Ford Fusion being driven the opposite way.

Mr Jackson, who was described as a careful and experienced motorcyclist, is understood to have applied his brakes before losing control and sliding along the road into the oncoming car, sustaining multiple injuries.

A German accident investigator did not establish how fast Mr Jackson was travelling at the time of the collision, but said the speed with which he negotiated the bend played "a significant part" in the incident.

Emergency services were called but Mr Jackon was pronounced dead at the scene

Assistant Deputy Coroner Mary Burke praised Mr Jackson's wife Helen, who had travelled to Germany following the incident to collect material which would help with the investigation.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Ms Burke said: "The road had a sharp right-hand bend and it was well known to local police to be something of an accident blackspot. What is also clear is that Carl is unlikely to have ever driven his motorcycle along that stretch of road before."

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