Gosport family offered £500,000 over death of biker

HAPPY MEMORIES Garry Corbin and fiancee Nala Jane Feltham
HAPPY MEMORIES Garry Corbin and fiancee Nala Jane Feltham
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THE family of a father-of-three who died after being run over look set to receive more than half a million pounds compensation.

Garry Corbin, of Helm Close in Gosport, died as a result of his injuries when a van pulled out in front of him and then accidentally ran him over as he was on his way to work on his motorbike.

Mr Corbin’s then fiancee, Nala Feltham, and their children Carly, 15, Dylan, seven, and Brooke, three, have been offered a settlement of £550,000 by the insurance company of van driver Neil Foley.

Foley, from Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales, hit Mr Corbin’s red and white Yamaha motorbike as he pulled out into Hamble Lane at Netley Abbey at about 6.25am on November 12, 2008.

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Southampton Crown Court in April 2010 and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two-and-a-half years.

The 27-year-old had told the court how he thought he had hit a car. He said he then ran over Mr Corbin, 30, who had been thrown under his white Ford Transit van, by mistake.

Mr Corbin had been struggling to free himself when the van ran him over, crushing his chest.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died shortly afterwards as the result of his injuries.

Legal firm Beachcroft has admitted liability in full on behalf of the insurers for Foley.

But the High Court in London still needs to approve the deal because the three children are minors.

After Foley’s sentencing, Miss Feltham and Garry’s parents, Christopher and Lesley Corbin, issued a joint statement that said: ‘Garry had a natural zest for life and always made people around him smile.

‘We can never put into words the loss we feel or the fact three children will grow up without a father.

‘Our close-knit family has been devastated and sadly no sentence today will be able to compensate for our loss.

‘Garry will remain in our thoughts and hearts as the wonderful fun-loving and caring man that he was.’

Mr Corbin had been on his way to his job as a service manager at Marina Marbella boat dealership in Hamble when the accident happened.

His manager Chris Owen said at the time: ‘He touched everybody with his humour and his professional way of working.’

A spokesman for Beachcroft said the firm would not comment.