A man who died four days after being involved in a crash clipped the kerb with his motorbike after his visor became misted up, an inquest heard.
John Taylor, aged 57, sustained broken ribs and cuts and bruises in the smash but a number of complex long-term health conditions, including heart problems, contributed to his death.
The court heard Mr Taylor, of Windermere Close, Mexborough, was riding his motorbike along Doncaster Road when he clipped a kerb and was thrown over the top of the bike on September 14 last year. He died in Rotherham General Hospital on September 18.
The court heard the blunt force trauma had resulted in broken ribs that led to Mr Thompson contracting a chest infection – but his ongoing medical conditions, including heart problems, contributed to his death.
A statement read out from Ryan Neil, who witnessed the crash, said he said he saw the bike veer towards the kerb at a slow speed before the rider was thrown over the handle bars.
After seeing the crash Mr Neil went to assist Mr Taylor, who was conscious on the pavement.
He said: “He said to me, ‘I’m so stupid – my visor got misted up and I couldn’t see properly where I was going.’”
Just days before the incident Mr Taylor, who suffered from health issues including heart problems and asthma, had been discharged from hospital after being treated for dehydration.
The court heard Mr Taylor, who smoked around 20 to 30 roll up cigarettes a day, had also suffered a heart attack in 2013.
Giving evidence, his son Joe Harry Taylor said a doctor had been out to see his father just before the accident and advised him to go back into hospital but he refused.
He said: “On reflection he probably wasn’t well enough to be riding his bike.”
He told the court his dad, who weighed 23 stone, was having ongoing problems with his mobility and loss of feeling in his legs.
The court heard Mr Taylor had fallen off his bike the day before the accident when he parked it up at the bank as he was suffering from loss of feeling in his legs.
The inquest was adjourned after the family expressed concerns about delays in Mr Taylor’s treatment in Rotherham Hospital. Coroner Nicola Mundy said it was necessary to adjourn the inquest to call other medics involved in the care to get to the bottom of some of the family’s concerns.