Misjudgement cost Yarmouth student his life

A motorcyclist died as a result of a misjudegment he made while overtaking another vehicle, an inquest has heard.

Dominic Burt, who lived at Thurlton, near Loddon, died after his Yamaha motorbike crashed into a tractor and trailer on the B1136 Haddiscoe to Hales road at about 4.25pm on June 15.

An inquest held yesterday at the Assembly House, in Norwich, heard that the 18-year-old Great Yarmouth College hairdressing student was pronounced dead at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital later that day.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple injuries.

Farmer Paul Watson was travelling along the B1136 up the brow of a hill on a “bright” day and was indicating and slowing down to turn right along a farm track.

After turning in, he said there was a “thump” on the side of the tractor, but added he had not seen the motorcyclist.

Peter Crutchley, the driver of a black VW Golf travelling behind the tractor, said he could see it was indicating to turn right and looked in his rear view mirror. He added: “I saw a helmet and the next thing I know the bike has come past me and there was no-where to go.”

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PC Nicholas Kett from the police’s collision investigation unit, said restricted visibility over the crest would have made an overtaking manoeuvre “inappropriate”.

Norfolk coroner William Armstrong said Mr Burt was normally a safe and careful motorcyclist, but had clearly made an “unwise decision” to try to overtake on the brow of a hill, which had been a “misjudgement” on his part.

He recorded a verdict of death as a result of road traffic collision.