The family of a motorcyclist who died in an accident has called for two wooden posts to be relocated at the scene of the accident to prevent further tragedy.
Steven Rawlins was driving a Lambretta scooter down Alexandra Road in May Bank when a car pulled into his path at the intersection with Sparch Hollow.
An investigation found that the Hyundai i10 hit the 64-year-old’s vehicle, which then slid and hit both posts on the side of the road.
Mr Rawlins suffered severe head and spine injuries and was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where he died 10 days later on August 3, 2019. His family agreed to donate his organs to save other lives.
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The sales engineer had driven his silver and purple Lambretta, which he restored and displayed at events like Leeks Scooterfest. His wife Stephanie described him as “in a good mood” when he left their house on nearby Wayside Avenue that hot summer afternoon on July 24th.
Witnesses saw the scooter traveling at a speed of 30 mph before pulling up to the traffic lights. Mr. Rawlins continued onto Alexandra Road when the lights turned green.
Motorist Victoria Rooke was two vehicles behind him when the white car pulled up on the sidewalk in front of her. In a statement she said: “I have a better view of the scooter. Everything happened at the same time.
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“When I was checking that it was okay to overtake the white car, I saw a large family-sized gray car coming in the opposite direction. The gray car turned right. “
The next thing she saw was the scooter rider turning to his right as if looking behind him. His vehicle began to slide.
“I looked back and saw that the driver had slumped in the street,” she recalled.
She went to his aid and was accompanied by several others, including a passing nurse. Mr. Rawlins was put on the grass to make it easier for him to breathe.
Several ambulances, including an air ambulance, arrived. A blood test later confirmed that he had no alcohol in his system.
The 89-year-old Hyundai driver, who also tested negative for alcohol, passed a roadside eyesight test.
Commenting on the investigation, PC Martin Colclough said, “He said he had slowed down and put his indicators on. He didn’t know why he hadn’t seen the scooter. “
The pensioner, whose car suffered frontal damage, died a few months later in a nursing home.
PC Andrew Hogan-Hughes, a forensic collision investigator, said, “The view of the approach to the intersection was approximately 80 meters. A vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour would take 5.9 seconds to travel the 80 meters. “
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Mr. Rawlins would have been clearly visible wearing a yellow reflective vest, summer clothes and a helmet. No defects were found in either vehicle.
The investigation revealed that between November 2014 and October 2019 only one other accident with personal injuries had been registered at this point.
Sarah Murphy, assistant coroner in North Staffordshire, concluded that Mr Rawlins’ death appears to be a tragic and isolated incident.
She said it was not possible to know if he would have survived if he had not hit the post.
However, Ms. Murphy agreed to raise the family’s concerns with the “responsible organization.”
She added, “They feel that the posts are too close together and too close to the road and that they should be placed further from the road if necessary.”