Family pays tribute to “cheeky” 28-year-old from Dagenham, who died in motorcycle crash despite wearing helmet
PUBLISHED: 14:09 04 December 2018
A 28-year-old from Dagenham died in a motorcycle crash from serious injuries including one to his head, despite wearing a helmet, an inquest heard.
Simon Hoskin, 28, was riding down Ardleigh Green Road in Hornchurch on May 17 when he lost control of his motorbike, hitting a curb and crashing into a lamppost.
A coroner concluded the builder, who lived in Alibon Gardens, died of multiple injuries, including lacerations to his liver and a significant head injury, even though he was hearing a helmet.
At an inquest on Monday, family and friends paid tribute to the “cheeky and happy” man.
“All of his sisters have precious memories of their brother, who would do anything for anyone,” his father, Mark, said.
“He was strong, protective, hardworking and finding his way in life. He was an extremely friendly individual, who never stopped smiling and never held grudges. The pain his death has caused is unbearable.”
Simon was the eldest of two sisters and a step-sister. He had two daughters of his own, and a partner who was his childhood sweetheart.
“Simon was not only liked, he was loved,” said Jenna Phillips, his best friend.
“He loved playing pranks on people and laughing and joking with his mates. He was a very caring guy with a heart of gold, who would do anything for the ones he loved.”
Shortly after 5am on May 17, he was riding down Ardleigh Road near Nelmes Way when he went over a speedbump. Using CCTV from 200 metres north of the crash, officers concluded his average speed was 58mph. Simon was driving a 700CC motorbike, and the court heard he did not have a valid licence for this type of bike, and was not an experienced rider.
The road was found to have potholes, a damaged surface and faded road markings, although forensics officers concluded these weren’t considered significant enough to have caused the crash. The potholes and road markings have since been filled and repainted.
Simon was found by a passerby, who was driving to work when he stopped to give first aid. Another witness, who heard the incident from his house but did not see it, called emergency services.
Despite attempts to resuscitate him, Simon went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene.
Senior coroner, Nadia Persaud, said: “I agree with the post mortem’s cause of death given as multiple injuries. I’m satisfied that no other person was involved in the collision. I’m satisfied that Simon had little experience with riding this type of motorbike. I can’t safely conclude that speed was a factor, but I can conclude the speed hump was likely to be a factor.”