Tragic motorcyclist ‘died in an instant’

Kevin Sinfield
Kevin Sinfield

An inquest heard Kevin Sinfield, 60, from Withnell, suffered ‘multiple injuries’, after the horror crash at the junction of the Knowle Green Road and Stoneygate Lane, near Ribchester.

The hearing at Blackburn Coroners’ Court heard how the father-of-two worked at Auldene Tools in Croston, and was killed in the crash on October 10, 2010.

Speaking during the inquest, his emotional wife Maria recalled how she and her daughter Claire were in Spain on holiday, when they were informed of the tragedy.

She said: “He had done all his tests and was always safe.

“He would never go out without putting on his leathers and boots.

“He was extremely fit and healthy, and was a keen mountain cyclist.

“It was a Sunday and, traditionally, he would have done the garden, polished his bike, and then perhaps he thought about going to this lovely place in Clitheroe, to take in the views.”

Coroner Michael Singleton, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, heard how Thomas Patton was driving to a friend’s 70th birthday party in his Astra, when the accident happened.

Anne Ormeston, who was in the car, sobbed as she told the court that she did not think Mr Patton had seen the stop signs for the junction and ploughed into Mr Sinfield’s bike.

Accident investigator PC Stephen Burgess, from Bamber Bridge, described how, in his opinion, the former Worden Sports College pupil would have died in an ‘instant and there was nothing he could have done about it’.

In summing up, the coroner told Mr Sinfield’s wife Maria, and daughters Claire and Nina, that he could not ‘begin to imagine the pain’ the family had suffered.

He said: “I intend to write to send a report to the highways team at Lancashire County Council to invite them to improve signage at that junction, so that no-one else goes through the pain that you have endured.”

Speaking after the inquest, Mr Sinfield’s eldest daughter Claire paid tribute to her dad.

She said: “He loved motorcycling. It was his hobby and meant everything to him. He used to use that road all the time, and used to take my sister out to a cafe in Clitheroe.

“I can just imagine he will have got up early, polished his helmet and bicycle, because we were on holiday, and got tooled up ready to go out. People need to look out for motorcyclists on the road, and things like this would not happen.

“It is good news if more signs are put up on Stoneygate Lane but, at the end of the day, it is not going to bring back my dad.”

n Mr Patton was earlier fined and banned from driving after admitting causing the death of Mr Sinfield by dangerous driving.