Split second decision led to tragic accident on A272 near Petersfield

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A MOTORCYCLIST died when he collided with a car as they both overtook a fuel tanker, an inquest heard.

Scott Lewis, 32, suffered fatal head injuries when the black Kawasaki he was riding collided with a white Vauxhall Corsa van on the A272 near Petersfield on April 12.

An inquest in Winchester heard how three cars were backed up behind a fuel tanker driving at 40mph.

Mr Lewis and the van driver, Paul Stuart, who was travelling back from his work in Bedhampton to Winchester, both attempted to overtake the tanker when they came together.

Mr Lewis, from Sheet, near Petersfield, was thrown from his motorbike and struck a signpost at the side of the road.

Mr Stuart said: ‘In short my honest and truthful opinion is that we were both in the wrong place at the wrong time and we both went for the manoeuvre at the same time.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, deputy coroner Simon Burge said the tragedy happened because both men had committed to overtaking the lorry at the same split second.

He said: ‘He began his overtaking manoeuvre at the same second Mr Stuart began his.’