Young father killed after 'losing control of bike' in Halesowen crash

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A young father died after he lost control of his bike in a tragic accident, an inquest heard.

Thomas Winters, aged 22, from Dunnington Avenue, Kidderminster, died at the scene of the crash on the A456 Manor Way, in Halesowen, on October 30.

Mr Winters hit the kerb of the central reservation after coming around the bend, and lost control of his Suzuki bike before hitting a lamppost, Black Country Coroners Court heard.

Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance rushed to the scene near the Hagley Road junction at around 9.30am. Passers-by and paramedics tried to save Mr Winters but the biker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assistant Coroner Mr Smiley labelled the accident as 'very tragic' saying there was 'no clear evidence' of what had happened. In a statement read out at the inquest on Monday, eyewitness Daniel Baker, said: "I saw a motorbike overtake me in the right hand lane. He was doing a normal speed for overtaking someone.

"I could see him ahead of me and the back wheel of the bike wobbled from the right to the left before he collided.

"He did not seem to do anything wrong but just lost control."

Pc Darren McDonald, forensic collision investigator, added: "Nothing on the road contributed to the accident.

"Excess speed was not a factor and we were unable to say why the rear wheel stepped out.

"It's a possibility an acceleration was too great for the weather conditions at the time." Mr Smiley concluded the death as being as a result of a road traffic collision.

Mr Winters, who leaves two sons aged three and one month, had been described as an 'adored father' by his family.

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