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Haverhill schoolteacher’s death was an accident

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A crash in which a Haverhill teacher died was an accident, an inquest has concluded.

Lee Westrope, 42, had been on his motorcycle when he was involved in a collision

with a vehicle towing a horsebox on the A1017 Haverhill bypass on the afternoon of

December 8.

Today (Monday) an inquest at Bury St Edmunds heard how Mr Westrope had been

attempting to pass a Toyota Landcruiser towing a horsebox containing two horses

when the collision took place.

Accident investigator Pc Rick Godden said that Mr Westrope had tried to take

evasive action and carried out an emergency braking manouvre which led to the rear

wheel of his Kawasaki motorcycle locking up.

After skidding for 30 metres Mr Westrope lost control of his bike and fell off, sliding

into the horsebox and Toyota and suffering fatal injuries. He was declared dead at

the scene by a doctor.

In a tribute after the inquest, Mr Westrope’s parents said: “Lee was a wonderful kind

and caring son, since his death it is as if a light has gone out in our lives and we are fumbling around in the dark. Our lives, his brother Dean, along with Dean’s family, can never be the same again.”

For full story see the Haverhill Echo on Thursday

 

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