A GRIEVING family yesterday vowed to fight on in their quest for justice after a coroner recorded a narrative verdict into the death of motorcyclist Luke Coram.
Mr Coram died when his bike struck a roundabout in Dorcan Way in 2015.
He was taken to Great Western Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
The inquest into his death has been adjourned several times since it began last year.
But a coroner yesterday brought the case to a close after announcing that Mr Coram died “as a result of massive chest trauma”.
However, Mr Coram’s mum, Tina Hyde, who was yesterday’s inquest in Salisbury, said: “This is not the end.”
She stood before assistant coroner for Swindon and Wiltshire, Dr Claire Balysz and said: “My only child got killed on my birthday – this will not stop until we get answers.”
Last April, the inquest had to be adjourned when the family questioned evidence that Mr Coram had been over the drink-drive limit at the time of his death.
A toxicology report found 153mcg of alcohol in Mr Coram’s blood and a small amount of cocaine.
But, convinced that that was due to a delay in the post-mortem (known as post-mortem fermentation), which took place 12 days after Mr Coram’s death, the family disputed the evidence.
Tina’s family insisted that, as a responsible motorcyclist, Mr Coram would not have mounted his bike while under the influence of alcohol.
And they were sure that a red BMW, driven by Stephen Moir, who gave evidence at an earlier hearing, had been driving too closely to Mr Coram.
The court heard that Mr Coram was travelling somewhere between 50mph and 70mph when he collided with the roundabout, but Ms Balysz was unable to determine the exact speed.
Lead collision investigator PC David Langridge gave evidence, although he was unable to provide the level of detail the family had expected.
The court also heard that there was no evidence to suggest that Mr Coram’s motorbike was in any way defective.
Delivering her verdict, Dr Balysz said: “The evidence I have reviewed from the pathologist states that massive chest trauma was the cause of death.
“His motorbike was travelling at excessive speed, according to witnesses.
“The BMW drove up the rear of the bike after he had been overtaken by Mr Coram.
“My finding is that he was driving his motorbike at the speed of a minimum of 50mph, though it could have been closer to 70mph.
“There was alcohol in his system and there was no evidence that another car was involved.”
But a defiant Tina told the assistant coroner: “I feel I have to say this: this is not the end. This will go on and I will fight it.
“This inquest has gone on for a year, which it shouldn’t have, had we had the right information at the beginning.
“A lot of questions have been asked and have not been answered.
“I will appeal against this and it will go further.”