Inquest hears of Ripley dad’s death

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A Ripley dad-of-two was riding an ‘unfamiliar’ scooter and was over the alcohol driving limit when he died in 2011, an inquest has heard.

David Staley was killed while riding a Vespa scooter home along Derby Road in Ripley at 9pm on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

At around 8.30pm he crossed onto the other side of the carriageway and collided with an oncoming car. He was killed.

At an inquest on Wednesday, May 29, deputy coroner Louise Pinder returned a verdict of misadventure into the much loved 25-year-old’s death.

In her summing up she said: “Mr Staley was riding an unfamiliar modified moped, having consumed excess alcohol and while wearing an unfastened helmet that became detached.”

Deputy coroner Pinder also applied no blame to the driver of the oncoming car which Mr Staley struck, saying that the car was being driven ‘perfectly appropriately’.

A Facebook group set up for friends and family to post tributes to Mr Staley - nicknamed Dobby - still attracts regular comments today.

After his death, his parents’ home was inundated with cards, bouquets and messages paying tribute to a much-loved and generous man. Mum Tracey, said at the time: “It didn’t matter where he was – if you rang him he was straight there – no messing.”

Sister Zoey also said: “He was lovely. He used to walk me home with all my shopping - there were no quibbles.”