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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian policeman lost control of motorbike on bend - inquest

An off-duty police officer died after losing control of his motorbike on a bend of the A5086 near Cockermouth, an inquest heard.

Craig Postlethwaite photo
PC Craig Postlethwaite

Craig Postlethwaite, 38, who was an experienced rider, died after his Honda machine struck the front of a Volkswagen Tiguan.

The tragedy happened on a left-hand bend about 200 yards south of the Shepherds Hotel on April 4, an inquest in Workington heard this week.

The father-of-three, of Main Road, Seaton, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene of the crash.

PC Postlethwaite was described by colleagues as an “experienced rider” who used a motorcycle as his main form of transport for work.

His motorbike was fitted with new brakes in March and had passed an MOT. Neither it nor the Volkswagon had any faults. Coroner Robert Chapman recorded a verdict of accidental death. He said: “The other driver did what he could to avoid Craig.”

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