Family ‘accepts’ lapse of judgement verdict in south Norfolk motorbike death inquest

A grieving daughter has said she and her family fully accept a coroner finding that an uncharacteristic error of judgement from her motorbike-mad father resulted in his death in a road accident.

Paul Vincent crashed his grey BMW touring bike into a car on the opposite side of the road while attempting to overtake the vehicle in front of him on the main road through the Pulhams, Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong ruled at the inquest into his death held in Norwich this afternoon.

A 61-year-old who had lived in Tivetshall St Margaret for the last five years, Mr Vincent died instantly as a result of the crash on July 6 last year, while his partner, who was riding pillion, sustained a series of breaks and fractures.

Mr Vincent’s daughter, Natasha Lawrence, said that her father was a safe, competent and seasoned motorcyclist who had been riding since the age of 18.

She added: “He sadly made one error of judgement which cost him his life. The family has lost a first-class person.”

The sole occupant of the vehicle Mr Vincent was in collision with, Richard Edwards, suffered no injuries.

The inquest heard that drink or drugs were not a factor in the collision.

Mr Vincent was travelling in the direction of Starston, while Mr Edwards was heading towards the centre of Pulham St Mary.

In ruling, Mr Armstrong said that Mr Vincent’s decision to overtake the car in front, which was being driven by Alexander Jason, was “a lapse which had fatal consequences.”

He added: “I’m mindful, though, that Paul was a loving, caring person who had known tragedy in his own life, but had not allowed that to affect him.”

Mr Vincent, who worked as a caretaker at The Depperhaugh Care Home in Hoxne, had three children, and six grandchildren.

He and his partner, Marie Von Morgen, had been on their way to Great Yarmouth when the collision happened on a sunny, dry evening shortly before 7pm.

For more on the story, see this Friday’s Diss Express.