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A MOTORCYCLIST who died when his bike hit a car pulling out of a driveway was travelling at speeds up to 100mph, an inquest heard.

Tim Barfoot’s 1,000cc Suzuki motorbike hit the BMW on Winchester Road, between Waltham Chase and Bishop’s Waltham, on January 2.

An inquest at Winchester Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Barfoot’s body was hurled into the air and an off-duty policewoman tried to help him as he lay on a steep bank next to the road.

Witnesses told the court that they saw Mr Barfoot, of Shakespeare Road, Eastleigh, travelling at high speeds before the incident.

Resident Grace Robbie-Paul said she had looked but did not see Mr Barfoot as she pulled out of her drive in her car.

Crash investigator PC Tracey Saunders said police estimated Mr Barfoot’s speed as 100mph based on CCTV and that he may have been visible for four seconds.

Neither Mr Barfoot or Ms Robbie-Paul had any alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash.

Coroner Grahame Short ruled that Mr Barfoot was killed in a road traffic accident.

A statement from Mr Barfoot’s family said: ‘Tim was much-loved in the community, growing up in Bishop’s Waltham, attending school in Swanmore, near the family home. The youngest of three brothers, Tim was a great husband, proud father, hard worker, conscientious human being and loyal friend.’