AN RAF veteran was run over by another biker ‘within seconds’ of hitting a van on the A420 and coming off his motorcycle, an inquest heard yesterday.
Mike Dobbin, of West Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, died from severe chest injuries following the collision, which took place just before the Botley Interchange on September 2017.
At an inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court into the 72-year-old’s death, a statement from fellow biker Jason Crowe said he and Mr Dobbin had been returning from the funeral of a Royal British Legion member, and were heading eastbound on their motorbikes towards Oxford.
Jason said he was following his friend as they approached the interchange at about 4.30pm in the left lane when Mr Dobbin started to brake, stopped and then broke again as traffic slowed.
It was at this point the former RAF sergeant hit a stationary white van and was thrown from his red and white Honda motorbike into the inside lane.
This threw him directly into the path of Andras Farago, who was riding home from work on his Yamaha motorcycle. In a statement read out in court, skip lorry driver Mr Farago said: “It happened within seconds. There was nothing I could do to avoid the collision. I fell onto my back and was scraped along the road.”