Dagenham dad died after speed hump on Hornchurch road caused him to lose control of motorbike, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 14:09 04 December 2018

Simon Hoskin lived in Alibon Gardens in Dagenham and had two daughters. Picture: Facebook/Sammie Slade Simons

Simon Hoskin lived in Alibon Gardens in Dagenham and had two daughters. Picture: Facebook/Sammie Slade Simons


A 28-year-old from Dagenham died after a motorcycle crash in Hornchurch caused serious injuries including one to his head, despite wearing a helmet, an inquest heard.

Simon Hoskin, who died after crashing a motorbike in Hornchurch in May. Picture: Facebook/Sammie Slade SimonsSimon Hoskin, who died after crashing a motorbike in Hornchurch in May. Picture: Facebook/Sammie Slade Simons

Simon Hoskin, 28, was riding down Ardleigh Green Road in Hornchurch on May 17 when he lost control of the motorbike, hitting a kerb and crashing into a lamp post.

A coroner concluded the builder, who lived in Alibon Gardens, died of multiple injuries, including lacerations to his liver and a significant head injury, even though he was hearing a helmet.

At an inquest on Monday, family and friends paid tribute to the “cheeky and happy” father-of-two.

“He was strong, protective and hardworking,” his father Mark said.

“He was an extremely friendly individual, who never stopped smiling and never held grudges. The pain his death has caused is unbearable.”

“Simon was not only liked, he was loved,” said Jenna Phillips, his best friend.

“He loved playing pranks on people and laughing and joking with his mates. He was a very caring guy with a heart of gold, who would do anything for the ones he loved.”

Shortly after 5am on May 17, Simon was riding down Ardleigh Road near Nelmes Way when he went over a speedbump.

Using CCTV from 200 metres north of the crash, officers estimated his average speed was 58mph. Simon was driving a 700CC motorbike, and the court heard he did not have a valid licence for this type of bike and was not an experienced rider.

The road had potholes, a damaged surface and faded markings, although forensics officers concluded these weren’t significant enough to have caused the crash.

The potholes and road markings have since been filled and repainted.

Emergency services were called almost immediately by someone who heard the crash from his house.

Despite attempts to resuscitate him, Simon went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene.

Senior coroner, Nadia Persaud, said: “I agree with the post mortem’s cause of death as multiple injuries. I’m satisfied that Simon had little experience with riding this type of motorbike. I can’t safely conclude that speed was a factor, but I can conclude the speed hump was likely to be a factor.”

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