Jordan Ratcliffe, 30, died after sustaining multiple injuries in a collision with a lamppost on Park Hall Road on the morning of Saturday, April 9 this year. An inquest into the death was told that Jordan had been travelling towards Weston Coyney on a BMW motorscooter when the accident occurred near the junction with Defoe Drive at around 6 am.
He failed to negotiate a left-hand bend in the road, crossing over into the Adderley Green-bound lane before hitting the kerb and smashing into the lamppost.
He suffered broken ribs and severe internal injuries in the collision and went into cardiac arrest while being treated by paramedics.
Attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The inquest heard that Jordan had been riding at more than twice the speed limit at the time of the accident.
Witnesses described hearing a “loud bang” and seeing Jordan’s body “thrown into the air.” One said he saw Jordan “flying through the air like Superman.” Another said that he saw Jordan’s bike “wrapped around the lamppost” and that it was “obvious he was dead.” The coroner ruled that Jordan died as a result of multiple injuries sustained in a road traffic collision.
Jordan Ratcliffe Cause of Death Explained
On the morning of April, 09, 30-year-old Jordan Rayner was riding his motorscooter along Park Hall Road in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
He was rushing home as he was due to go on holiday that day. Unfortunately, he never made it to his destination.
A CCTV footage revealed that he was riding at 87 to 89mph seconds before the collision. The speed limit on that section of the road is 40mph.
He lost control of his bike and hit the kerb, propelling him into a lamppost. Both the motorscooter and the lamppost were left heavily damaged by the collision.
Jordan was probably thrown forward off the bike after it hit the kerb, propelling him into the lamppost.
PC Brian Lovatt, a forensic collision investigator at Staffordshire Police, told the inquest that analysis of CCTV footage obtained from businesses on Park Hall Road had revealed that Jordan was riding at 87 to 89mph seconds before the collision. The speed limit on that section of the road is 40mph. This tragic incident highlights the dangers of speeding and serves as a reminder to always obey the speed limit.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.