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Biker collided with two cars

Wed, 10 Nov 2010

Douglas Courthouse
Douglas Courthouse

The Coroner of Inquests has recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into the death of a visiting biker.

39 year old Mark Leonard Codner had been visiting the Island with a group of friends from the UK the week before the start of this year's TT.

He was due to sail back to England the evening he died, and was on a final trip over the Mountain Road and had planned to head back to his guesthouse before heading to the Sea Terminal.

Witnesses described how Mr Codner lost control of his 1000CC Honda Fireblade on the third bend at the 32nd milestone.

The Kent man struck a blue Suzuki car which broke his bike in two, before sliding into the path of a red Ford Fiesta driven by a newly qualified teenage motorist, who was unable to avoid colliding with him.

The Fiesta driver attended the inquest with his parents to pay their respects.

Mr Codner's wife Caroline travelled to the Island for the proceedings, along with several other relatives and friends.

At the conclusion of the inquest, she hugged the young driver, who was visibly upset by the incident.

Coroner Alistair Montgomerie said no blame can be attached to either driver.

PC Paul Dugdale carried out the investigation into the crash, and could find no obvious reason for Mr Codner to have lost control.

Mr Montgomerie said Mr Codner clearly enjoyed biking holidays, and that he died doing something he enjoyed.

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