Motorcyclist died on his way back to Belgian business school

HOURS after leaving his family home to return to a business school in Belgium, a 26-year-old man from Letchworth GC died when he fell from his motorbike. An inquest today (Wednesday) into the death of Tom Merry, of Willian Way, heard he had been travellin

HOURS after leaving his family home to return to a business school in Belgium, a 26-year-old man from Letchworth GC died when he fell from his motorbike.

An inquest today (Wednesday) into the death of Tom Merry, of Willian Way, heard he had been travelling at 66mph on a two-lane motorway not far from Bruges on October 28, 2007 when his machine struck a car that had been involved in an accident with two other vehicles.

Hertfordshire coroner Ed Thomas told Mr Merry's father Peter Merry: "Tom was driving at a reasonable speed when an Opal went into the back of a Seat which hit a Ford causing a hazard for following traffic.

"It was wet. He braked and lost control and there was an impact with the left side of the Opal car.


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"Tom had severe internal injuries including traumatic damage to his heart which meant he had no chance of surviving."

The court also heard Tom had been sent to the Leuven Business School in Belgium by his employer Taylor Woodrow and how his father had returned to the school last year to receive an honorary degree that had been award posthumously to his son.

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The court recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by multiple traumatic injuries.

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