Coroner warns of dangers of speed at inquest

Jack Cocksedge, 18, died on July 11 after he collided with a street sign while riding his motorbike in Stowmarket
Jack Cocksedge, 18, died on July 11 after he collided with a street sign while riding his motorbike in Stowmarket
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A coroner has warned of the hazards of driving over the speed limit at the inquest into the death of a Stowmarket teenager.

Jack Cocksedge, 18, of Bridge Street, Stowmarket died on July 11, 2012, when he came off his motorbike on Gipping Way and collided with a street sign.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean gave a verdict of accidental death at an inquest on Tuesday but said the Stowmarket High School student had been travelling in excess of the 30 mph speed limit on the road.

He also said Mr Cocksedge’s motorbike, a KTM 640, was too powerful for the licence he was using.

Dr Dean said: “It emphisises the hazards of excess speeds when one is in a vulnerable position as motorcyclists are.

“Our thoughts are very much with the family and those close to him,” he added.

At the inquest, chief accident investigator Pc Jeff Crib said the teenager had been travelling along Gipping Way towards Needham Market at between 40 and 50mph.

The bike had veered towards the left, Mr Cocksedge came off his bike and he hit a sign post adjacent to the pavement.

Pathologist Dr Mahomed Dada gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the chest, he had also suffered a lacerated aorta.

Pc Crib said on inspecting the motorcycle there had been no signs of a defect in the bike.

However, he said the 625cc motorcycle should have been fitted with a restrictor device to limit its power. He said Mr Cocksedge’s licence allowed him to ride a 25kW 33 HP bike, where as the vehicle he used was 40KW 53HP.

He said: “By virtue of his age he was restricted to 33 horse power.

“As such, it would appear he was riding a motorcycle his licence didn’t allow him to.”

On giving his verdict of accidental death Dr Dean described the incident as a ‘tragic accident’.