Pensioner died on holiday after being hit by motorbike

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A PENSIONER died after she was hit by a motorbike while on holiday in Portugal, an inquest heard.

Ann Hartley had gone on holiday with three friends in September last year.

The 72-year-old was crossing a road in Tavira when she was hit by a motorbike, which was carrying two men.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, on September 22. The rider of the motorbike, Eduardo Batista, also died in the accident.

Ann Coley, who was on holiday with Ms Hartley at the time, said: ‘We’d had a lovely day out.

‘We walked from our villa round to Tavira. Then we were on our way back home. We were still walking and crossed the railway line, which everybody does. Then we went up to the main road.

‘We were all in single file. There were no pavements on the road.

‘We waited until there was nothing coming and then proceeded to cross the road. ‘Halfway in the distance we saw a light coming towards us.

‘We proceeded and it just got closer and closer. There was no let up in the speed.

‘I just assumed Ann was behind me. The three of us were across and then we heard a noise which must have been the bike going down. There was a crash. We turned round and we saw Ann on the side of the road.’

A post mortem examination showed that Ms Hartley, from Edmund Road in Southsea, had suffered multiple injuries.

David Horsley, the coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He added that because Ms Hartley had died abroad, he didn’t know if the driver was speeding, or if he had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Addressing her two sons and friends who were at the inquest, the coroner said: ‘We can’t explain why it has happened but I think what has happened here is Ms Hartley has died due to an accident by being struck by a motorcycle.

‘I wish I could help more but that’s the best I have got from the Portuguese police.

‘All I can say is how awfully sorry I am that you have lost your mum like this and that you have lost a friend. It’s a terrible experience.’