Inquest heard how motorcyclist died following road crash in Broadheath

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A MOTORCYCLIST died after he came off his bike, while speeding, straight into the path of an oncoming car.

An inquest detailed how Stuart Miller was attempting to overtake a lorry on the A56 Manchester Road at Broadheath on May 5, 2011 when he applied his emergency brakes.

Stockport Coroner's Court heard on Friday how the 58-year-old, from Bowdon, then flew off his motorbike into the opposite carriageway.

It was at that moment that the father-of-four collided with a Corsa coming in the other direction. Sgt Ian Turner, who directed the investigation for the road policing unit, said: "Witnesses described Mr Miller as ‘losing control of the bike in the blink of an eye’.

“Once he was dislodged from his bike, he went straight into the path of the Corsa.”

PC Paul Standish, of the serious collision investigation unit, told the inquest Mr Miller, a former motorcycling instructor, had been travelling between 43 and 47mph along a road with a 30mph speed limit.

Witnesses and police confirmed that Mr Miller and his Honda made no contact with the lorry during the accident and that they had no idea why he had braked so sharply.

CCTV images were also unable to reveal why Mr Miller, a grandfather-of-two, might have applied his emergency brakes.

Mr Miller’s helmet came off because of the force of the accident, the inquest was told, and ricocheted againt the Scania lorry.

Mr Miller, of Richmond Road, was on his regular route to work as a sales assistant when the acciden happened at 8.26am.

The weather was fair but the road surface was wet from recent rain.

The cause of death was recorded as a head injury. Coroner Joanne Kearsley gave a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Miller’s wife Denise Miller said: “Stuart always loved motorbikes and I could never envisage him without one.

“Ours was a house full of laughter and animals. He was a big man in every way, of stature and of heart.

“He was well-liked and respected by all who knew him.”

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9:00pm Fri 30 Mar 12

dipperdapper says...

rip to the fella, i heard about this incident in the early afternoon, a56 is a death trap for those on 2 wheels not only is there way to much traffic on this road its the state of the road surface, a56 surface from marsland rd towards halfords looks like its been in a war, lorrys should not be allowed on this part of a56 its to narrow and they cause more problems than cars and buses and stink up the environment
rip to the fella, i heard about this incident in the early afternoon, a56 is a death trap for those on 2 wheels not only is there way to much traffic on this road its the state of the road surface, a56 surface from marsland rd towards halfords looks like its been in a war, lorrys should not be allowed on this part of a56 its to narrow and they cause more problems than cars and buses and stink up the environment dipperdapper

10:12pm Fri 30 Mar 12

no-one listens says...

yes it's a very sad loss, his families world was/has been turned upside down forever and i really feel for them BUT at the end of the day the man was speeding by at least 13mph over the speed limit on a wet surface in rush hour traffic. it's all well and good highlighting the conditions of the A56 road surface, we all know it's in desperate need of TLC, but at the end of the day speed limits are in force for a reason and knowing what the state of the road is like, it was his "regular route to work " and he was "a former motorcycling instructor", he should have taken those considerations on board. i feel sorry for the poor driver of the Corsa, their life will be affected forever too!
yes it's a very sad loss, his families world was/has been turned upside down forever and i really feel for them BUT at the end of the day the man was speeding by at least 13mph over the speed limit on a wet surface in rush hour traffic. it's all well and good highlighting the conditions of the A56 road surface, we all know it's in desperate need of TLC, but at the end of the day speed limits are in force for a reason and knowing what the state of the road is like, it was his "regular route to work " and he was "a former motorcycling instructor", he should have taken those considerations on board. i feel sorry for the poor driver of the Corsa, their life will be affected forever too! no-one listens

10:57pm Fri 30 Mar 12

dipperdapper says...

all drivers go over 30mph unless there is a cop van knocking about, in memory of this man and others who have lost there life on this the 2nd worst road behind sinderland lane i think trafford council with other people look at (a) the state of the road (b) making sure lorrys are not allowed from marsland rd to sinderland rd junction (c) give priority to cyclists, i agree about the person in the corsa must be hard even after all this time to get over the incident so my thoughts are with the owner of the corsa also
all drivers go over 30mph unless there is a cop van knocking about, in memory of this man and others who have lost there life on this the 2nd worst road behind sinderland lane i think trafford council with other people look at (a) the state of the road (b) making sure lorrys are not allowed from marsland rd to sinderland rd junction (c) give priority to cyclists, i agree about the person in the corsa must be hard even after all this time to get over the incident so my thoughts are with the owner of the corsa also dipperdapper

11:20am Thu 5 Apr 12

Fuzzball says...

Sad story, thoughts are with the family. This is not Shakespeare, it does not need analysing or saying it was speed that 'done him in'. It was a trajic accident and one that would have gone unreported had there been a clear road on the other side. The difference between a broken indicator or a loss of life is sometimes down to circumstance.
Sad story, thoughts are with the family. This is not Shakespeare, it does not need analysing or saying it was speed that 'done him in'. It was a trajic accident and one that would have gone unreported had there been a clear road on the other side. The difference between a broken indicator or a loss of life is sometimes down to circumstance. Fuzzball

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