Probe into Alfreton rider’s crash death

An inquest was opened at Chesterfield coroner’s court on Monday into the death of motorcyclist Anthony Church, of Preston Avenue, Alfreton.

The 21 year-old had been travelling from Alfreton towards Chesterfield on the A61 road on his red, Honda CBR 600 when the collision happened just after the Goose Green Lane and Strettea Lane crossroads at Higham, about 6.35pm, on Tuesday, January 14. Derbyshire Constabulary has launched an investigation.

PC Andrew Prince, of the East Midlands serious collision investigation unit based at Ripley, told the inquest: “For some reason he lost control and parted company with his machine. He came off on the off-side and crossed over the central white hazard lines into the opposite carriageway and he collided with the front of a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction towards Alfreton. He struck the front of the vehicle. I believe he was actually trapped under the vehicle for a time.”

An ambulance attended the collision, according to PC Prince, and Mr Church was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic at about 6.55pm, on Tuesday, January 14. Police said the car involved was a blue Vauxhall Astra and the road was re-opened six hours later. The inquest was adjourned for further investigations.