Death of motorcyclist who died after hitting tree near Barsley is still a mystery
4:35pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
The reason why Steven Campbell, 26, crashed to his death on his powerful new motorcycle remained a mystery at an inquest today.
He was driving at only about 40mph on a Cotswold road when he lost control on a bend and was thrown off the 1100cc machine.
He slid along the road and hit a tree, suffered multiple injuries from which he died instantly.
Police collision investigator Darren Williams told the Gloucester inquest he believed Mr Campbell, of Broadway Lane, South Cerney, nr Cirencester, died from a combination of being unfamiliar with his new motorbike and being distracted so that he did not see the bend until the last minute.
Mr Campell's crash was witnessed by a woman motorist driving behind him on the B4425 just outside Barnsley, Glos, on April 20th.
She made a statement saying she had to slow down because he was riding at such a moderate speed.
After the collision a grouop of motorcyclists stopped and tried to resuscitate Mr Campbell but without success.
Pc Williams said Mr Campbell had owned the motorbike since October last year. Previously he had a 600 cc machine and before that a 125cc.
Mr Campbell's father, John, told the coroner that his son was an experienced rider and had been on long distance trips on the new machine, including to London and to Bournemouth 2 weeks before his death.
The coroner said "It is almost bizarre. This was not a young man riding recklessly on his motorcycle. To all intents and purposes there was nothing remarkable about his riding.
"He came to this point, which normally one would expect to negotiate at 40mph if not faster. He entered the slipway of Welch Way, up onto a traffic island and into a tree.
"The conclusion I reach is that he died as a result of a road traffic collision.
"Unfortunately for his mum and dad I am unable to answer many of the questions they may still have - whether he just lost concentration or whatever, "It is every parents' worst nightmare to come to an inquest involving their own son."
After Mr Campbell's death his dad, mum Pat and sister Michelle remembered him as 'laid back and gentle' with a love of motorbikes, music and films.
Born in Cirencester and raised in South Cerney, Steven went to Ann Edwards Primary School, Kingshill School in Cirencester and Cirencester College.
He worked at Redland Roof tiles in South Cerney, where he was a part of a shift and was popular with his colleagues.