Father of two killed after he lost control of motorbike and collided into lorry


A father of two from Boston died after he lost control of his motorbike and collided with a lorry, an inquest has heard.

Matthew Chapman, of Manor Gardens, was travelling along the B1183 towards Moorby on February 9, last year, when the accident happened.

Dr Robson, from Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, confirmed Mr Chapman died as a result of multiple injuries.

Mr Chapman was described in a witness statement by his wife Zoe as an experienced driver who had been riding a motorcycle for many years.

The 36-year-old collided with a Scania lorry driven by Martin Williams, an employee of a business in Cawthorpe, Louth.

Mr Williams was negotiating a series of bends along the road before seeing Mr Chapman on his motorcycle.

He told the inquest that he noticed a problem when he saw Mr Chapman’s back wheel slide out underneath him, causing the bike to tip over to the left and then slide into the front of his lorry on the opposite side of the road.

“There were a matter of seconds between him losing control of his bike and the impact,” said Mr Williams.

Pc Hamilton of Lincolnshire Police said that the warning light for the anti-lock braking system on Mr Williams’ Scania was flashing but that the fault had no impact on the breaking performance of the lorry.

He also added although the lorry’s weight was four per cent higher than the allowed limit of 32 tonnes that this would not have had any bearing on the outcome of the impact.

On Wednesday, sitting at Spilsby Coroner’s Court, coroner Paul Smith ruled Mr Chapman’s death as death by road traffic collision.