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Liam Holding inquest: A12 death was tragic accident – Echo

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A POPULAR motorcyclist died in a tragic accident on the A12, an inquest has ruled.

Liam Holding, 24, died on September 27 last year after he lost control of his motorbike when travelling on the southbound carriageway near Colchester.


The inquest into his death was held at Essex Coroner’s Court in Chelmsford on Friday by area coroner Eleanor McGann.

Mr Holding, from Pitsea, was riding his black Yamaha motorcycle in the right hand lane of the dual carriageway, overtaking a lorry, at around 9am.

He moved into the left hand lane in front of the lorry, at which point the car in front of him began to slow, meaning Mr Holding was forced to apply emergency brakes.

This caused his bike’s front wheel to lock, resulting in him completely losing control of the bike as it carried on going forward.

The bike slid onto its side while Mr Holding was still on it, with him and the bike coming into contact with the lorry behind them.

Coroner’s officer Linda Colder told the inquest a cause of death of multiple injuries during the post mortem examination.

PC Jonathan Ward, of Essex Police’s forensics team, told the inquest there was no evidence that Mr Holding had collided with any other car, or that there was any defaults with the road, motorbike or lorry.

He said that “there was nothing anyone could have done” to prevent the crash occurring and that Mr Holding and the lorry driver were not at fault.

Addressing Mr Holding’s family in court after delivering her verdict, Coroner McGann said: “All deaths are very sad, particularly when it is a young man in such a tragic accident that could not have been avoided.

“Liam was not doing anything he shouldn’t have done, he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and wore the appropriate clothing. Sometimes tragic accidents just happen.

“I hope now this inquest is over, you can put the death behind you, and remember Liam’s life and the happy moments you had.”

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