AN experienced motorcyclist was killed in a head on smash in Leeds after an apparent lapse of judgement while riding his “pride and joy” Yamaha machine, an inquest heard.
Retired plumber Stanley Foster, 65, was overtaking two stationary cars on the A642 Wakefield Road at Garforth when his motorbike collided head on with an Audi Q3 car.
An inquest at Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Foster, of Gipton, was thrown from the bike and collided with a lamppost.
He suffered chest and pelvic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened just before 2pm on March 29 2014.
Mr Foster had been riding his black Yamaha FZS600 Fazer machine along Wakefield Road towards Aberford when the accident happened.
The inquest heard two cars heading in the same direction as Mr Foster had stopped ahead of him on the A642, with the first car indicating to turn right on to Ringway.
Witness Jonathan Decourcy, who was a passenger in the car indicating to turn right, told the inquest his wife was driving and was waiting for an oncoming black Audi Q3 to pass before turning right.
Mr Decourcy told police a motorcycle overtook the two cars and was on the wrong side of the road when it collided head-on with the Audi Q3.
Recording a verdict that Mr Foster’s death was the result of a road traffic collision, Mr Hinchliff said: “It looks as though he might probably have just had a lapse of judgement.”
Mr Foster’s widow Patricia said in a statement, which was read to the court by Mr Hinchliff, that her husband had been riding his motorbike more often after retiring from his job as a plumber at Seacroft Hospital in March 2013.
Mrs Foster said in the statement: “His motorbike was his pride and joy. He always kept it clean and polished.”
Mrs Foster described her husband as her “best friend and soulmate” and a “true gentleman.”