Former TT rider Andy McGladdery died from multiple injuries following fatal crash, inquest hears

Darlington and Stockton Times: Andy McGladdery competing in the Isle of Man TT in 1992 Andy McGladdery competing in the Isle of Man TT in 1992

A FORMER Isle of Man TT rider who was killed when his bike collided with a car could have avoided the accident had he reacted sooner, an inquest has heard.

Andy McGladdery, one of the region’s most successful racers, died when his Kawasaki was in a collision with a Ford Galaxy near Darlington in July last year.

Today (Tuesday, January 7) his family paid tribute to him and thanked the motorcycling community for their help following his death.

Speaking after the inquest at The Work Place, in Newton Aycliffe Business Park, his son Nick said: “It is a terrible tragedy, we loved him from the bottom of our hearts. He is still missed by us every single day.”

The inquest heard how the 58-year-old, who had competed in the Isle of Man TT against motorcycling legend Joey Dunlop, struck the car on the B6279 Staindrop Road on the outskirts of Darlington, at a staggered junction near Ulnaby Lane and Walworth Road.

A police collision investigation found evidence to suggest the car would have been obscured from Mr McGladdery’s view by a bend in the road and high hedgerows, giving him less than five seconds to react as it began to turn right into Walworth Road.

PC Paul Harris, of Durham and Cleveland Specialist Operations Unit, said Mr McGladdery applied his brakes, but hit the vehicle at about 50mph and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from multiple injuries.

“If he had acted on emergency braking at the point of first seeing the car he could have come to a complete standstill before the collision,” said PC Harris.

The driver of the car, Patrick Hurge-Mogg, told the inquest he did not see the bike when turning left from Ulnaby Lane onto the B6279, nor when he looked in his rear-view mirror when turning right onto Walworth Road.

Tom Leonard, a friend of Mr McGladdery who was out riding with him at the time of the collision, said: “Andy has ridden the TTs, championships and grand prix, he was a very experienced motorcyclist.

“I myself have won national competitions, we are not people who wanted to go for a quick hit on a Sunday and try to get our kicks.”

Assistant deputy coroner Leslie Hamilton ruled Mr McGladdery died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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10:58pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Question??? says...

I would like to know if anyone on here thinks it's possible to lock a motorcycle front wheel up, on a cambered road, producing a black skid mark over 15 meters long without crashing??? As the Police investigation states!!!
I would like to know if anyone on here thinks it's possible to lock a motorcycle front wheel up, on a cambered road, producing a black skid mark over 15 meters long without crashing??? As the Police investigation states!!! Question???

6:42am Wed 8 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Question??? wrote:
I would like to know if anyone on here thinks it's possible to lock a motorcycle front wheel up, on a cambered road, producing a black skid mark over 15 meters long without crashing??? As the Police investigation states!!!
And reading the story I have deduced it was the "sorry I didn't see you" car drivers fault, but as plod are anti-motorbike all you get is "well had he (the motorcyclist) reacted sooner he could have stopped", f*cking imbeciles.
[quote][p][bold]Question???[/bold] wrote: I would like to know if anyone on here thinks it's possible to lock a motorcycle front wheel up, on a cambered road, producing a black skid mark over 15 meters long without crashing??? As the Police investigation states!!![/p][/quote]And reading the story I have deduced it was the "sorry I didn't see you" car drivers fault, but as plod are anti-motorbike all you get is "well had he (the motorcyclist) reacted sooner he could have stopped", f*cking imbeciles. Jackaranda

11:05am Wed 8 Jan 14

Westy1978 says...

The police are a joke as was the investigation, any idiot can see who was at fault yet the police chose to take the easy option and brush it under the carpet to save themselves the work. If this was a police motorcycle rider the outcome would have been different in relation to the evidence presented. The police and the reporter of this article should be greatly ashamed of themselves. I, as are many, are DISGUSTED with this outcome. No justice what so ever. The investigation should be reopened and the driver of the vehicle should tell the TRUTH about his negligence and accept responsibility for his actions that resulted in this dreadful situation. To the driver...i hope you can live with yourself!
The police are a joke as was the investigation, any idiot can see who was at fault yet the police chose to take the easy option and brush it under the carpet to save themselves the work. If this was a police motorcycle rider the outcome would have been different in relation to the evidence presented. The police and the reporter of this article should be greatly ashamed of themselves. I, as are many, are DISGUSTED with this outcome. No justice what so ever. The investigation should be reopened and the driver of the vehicle should tell the TRUTH about his negligence and accept responsibility for his actions that resulted in this dreadful situation. To the driver...i hope you can live with yourself! Westy1978

3:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Shame on the POLICE says...

The article should have read.....tragedy occurred due to car driver NOT PAYING ATTENTION due to his kids arguing in the back of the car, his mrs trying to direct him because they were unfamiliar with the road which resulted in the driver doing an erratic U turn without indicating or paying any attention to other road users at the time. The truth! The police are a waste of space.
Dearest thoughts to the family.
The article should have read.....tragedy occurred due to car driver NOT PAYING ATTENTION due to his kids arguing in the back of the car, his mrs trying to direct him because they were unfamiliar with the road which resulted in the driver doing an erratic U turn without indicating or paying any attention to other road users at the time. The truth! The police are a waste of space. Dearest thoughts to the family. Shame on the POLICE

5:54pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ianh says...

My thoughts are also with Andy Macs family who have acted with such dignity throughout.

Admittedly without access to the full investigation report, i too have real difficulties in accepting the Police version events as reported.
It does beg the question as to how experienced and qualified PC Harris is in motorcycle related incidents?
My thoughts are also with Andy Macs family who have acted with such dignity throughout. Admittedly without access to the full investigation report, i too have real difficulties in accepting the Police version events as reported. It does beg the question as to how experienced and qualified PC Harris is in motorcycle related incidents? ianh

9:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Ktm250xc says...

The evidence from the car driver was blatant he said" I looked and nothing was there, I pulled out and bang then it happened! " now I would interpret that as not seen the motorcyclists ! Still officer PC harris who claims you can lock a front wheel of a mcycle up for 15.8 m is quite clearly in the wrong job. He has shown gross incompetence in the system for calculating crashes and displays a completely unreal version of events. I was behind and saw the whole thing unfold in front of me. I know the truth and so does the car driver! PC harris has never ridden a motorcycle but confidently assess darling tons greatest road racer as if he were a novice! Sad sad day for the family, all we wanted was the truth, seemingly our injustice system knows not the meaning of the word. We tried Andy, you ll be missed forever!
The evidence from the car driver was blatant he said" I looked and nothing was there, I pulled out and bang then it happened! " now I would interpret that as not seen the motorcyclists ! Still officer PC harris who claims you can lock a front wheel of a mcycle up for 15.8 m is quite clearly in the wrong job. He has shown gross incompetence in the system for calculating crashes and displays a completely unreal version of events. I was behind and saw the whole thing unfold in front of me. I know the truth and so does the car driver! PC harris has never ridden a motorcycle but confidently assess darling tons greatest road racer as if he were a novice! Sad sad day for the family, all we wanted was the truth, seemingly our injustice system knows not the meaning of the word. We tried Andy, you ll be missed forever! Ktm250xc

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