‘Speed and inexperience’ help cause death of 18-year-old

Fatal RTA scene near Croughton.
Fatal RTA scene near Croughton.

A mother broke down in tears as a mechanic described her son as an ‘unsually nice lad’ during the inquest into his death at Northampton General Hosiptal this week.

On Wednesday Northampton coroner Anne Pember reopened the inqest into the death of Liam Treacy of Hodgson Close, Fritwell who was killed when his motorcycle hit a lorry head on near the gates of RAF Croughton on July 17, 2011.

In a statement from his mother, Sarah Duerden, she described her son was a fit and healthy 18-year-old with a close knit group of childhood friends.

After attending primary and junior schools in Fritwell he went to secondary school in Banbury, and later attended a plumbing course at Aylesbury College, before taking up a catering course at the Oxford and Cherwell Valley College in Banbury.

In November 2011 Liam took two part time catering jobs, one at the Ryehill Golf Club and another at the Jamie Oliver Fabulous Feast kiosk at Bicester Village. He was so well thought of there boss Nigel Harris paid for the funeral.

Ms Duerden added: “Liam as a person was a very easy going, fun loving lad who was very level headed. We were a very close threesome (with sister Rebecca) who looked after each other. Liam stepped up at a very early age to be the man of the house.

“He will be so sadly missed by all who loved him, cared for him, or ever came in contact with him.”

On the day of the accident experienced Brackley motor mechanic Vincent Butler carried out a 400km service on bike. After making some adjustments to make the bike handle better Mr Butler carried out a test drive and handed it back to Liam.

As he left the stand he said: “I would just like to say he was an unusally nice lad.”

Eye witness Laura Reid from Piddinghoe said as she turned off the A43 and on to the B4031 just after 10.30am Liam overtook her at ‘considerable speed.’

Lorry driver Peter Forster from Witney said he first saw Liam when he came around a blind bend on the wrong side of the road, at approximatley 50-60mph and was leaning over hard in an attempt keep control of the bike.

Collsion investigator PC Nathan Gallon said there was nothing Mr Forster could have done to avoid the accident, and that is was a result of an error by Liam and that his speed and inexperience were contributing factors.

Coroner Anne Pember recorded the cause of death as accidental.