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Accidental Death Ruled In Motorbike Crash

Wednesday July 17 2013

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AN inquest into the death of a Barnsley motorcyclist has shown that his death was accidental - after a lorry driver pulled out into his path.

Paul Gibbons, 46, from Athersley, was riding his beloved Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle home from work on August 24, 2011, when an articulated lorry pulled out in front of him. The driver was alleged to have been using his mobile phone at the time.

Nigel Gibson, 46, of Church Fenton, pulled out of a farm near South Milford in North Yorkshire just after 6am.

Mr Gibbons, a father of two, tried to avoid the lorry but was struck a "glancing blow" by the trailer and thrown from his bike. He died at the scene.

Mr Gibson’s mobile phone records showed a number was dialled at about the same time as the accident, but never connected, and a 999 call was made 93 seconds later.

Charges of causing death by dangerous driving were dropped in March.

Holly Tibbitts, acting for Mr Gibbons’s family, said: “Mr Gibson’s evidence has been selective at best and in my submission, there is reason to doubt his testimony in respect of how this accident occurred.”

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Coroner Rob Turnbull said: “I am more inclined to believe Mr Gibson was actually making a phone call at that time but that doesn’t delete the fact there’s no evidence he was using his phone when he pulled out."

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Reply Posted by kentbrownlie on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 15:32
Rip my friend

Reply Posted by John on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:39
This is so typical... the evidence is there, but they let this bastard off with not so much as a wrist slap.. This guy is going to be back behind the wheel of his killing machine, waiting for the next victim...
South Milford is close to Squires Bikers Cafe, and full of bikers on most days.. It might be on his conscience, but justice has not been done here.
RIP Paul, ride safe in heaven..

Reply Posted by Kev on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 16:46
RIP Gibbo.... Just has not been done.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 17:28
R.I.P Gibby lad.

Reply Posted by KD on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 17:42
Another one gets away with it, how many more before people start watching the road and the justice system gets to grips and hands out punishments, I'm not just saying because I'm a biker but all forms of transport should be looked out for!

Reply Posted by Mark on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 18:31
Missed but not forgotten

Reply Posted by karl on Thursday July 18 2013 at 14:53
amazing u can get 8 months for speeding on a bike in north yorks...but nothing for killing a biker whilst on the phone

Reply Posted by craig on Thursday July 18 2013 at 15:15
what an absolute sham of a court case, rip mate and enjoy the long ride home..

Reply Posted by Mappman on Sunday July 21 2013 at 20:22
Sad judgement for Gibby's family. RIP mate sadly missed.