THE driver of a recovery truck which hit a motorcyclist causing fatal injuries has told a court how he desperately tried to avoid hitting him.
Gavin Wallis died after suffering multiple injuries in the accident on the A272 near Petersfield on February 10 last year.
At an inquest into his death, Portsmouth Coroner’s court heard how the 33-year-old, from Bramber Road in Gosport, was on his way home from work and was heading towards West Meon.
Truck driver Guy Morgan said that as the road bent round he saw Mr Wallis veer onto the wrong side of the road, facing him. He swerved his truck into the side of the road, but it hit Mr Wallis.
‘Something had obviously gone wrong,’ he said.
‘He was heading straight for me. I did everything I could to get out of his way.
‘I would never ever want anyone to go through that. I feel for Gavin’s family.
‘There isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking about Gavin.’
The court heard that the recovery truck was breaking the speed limit, but that the collision would have occurred even if it had not been.
David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, said: ‘What we have here is a situation of an experienced and confident motorcyclist by all accounts who enjoyed riding and was a good rider.
‘He’s ended up in a position where he has collided with an oncoming vehicle.
‘Sadly the only person who could really tell us what happened would be Gavin himself and he’s not here.
‘It’s a tragedy for Gavin and for his entire family.’
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.