A FATHER-of-three was left with fatal injuries after being thrown from his motorcycle in a horror crash.
William Munsie, 40, died instantly in a rush hour-crash on Blackrod Bypass, just minutes away from reaching his workplace.
Mr Munsie was riding his Suzuki motorcycle at around 8.40am on July 25, 2018. On his route to work as an IT sales manager, heading in the direction of Adlington, he collided with a Ford Focus completing a U-turn.
But, on the approach to the crash site, Mr Munsie was driving at approximately 67mph in a 40mph zone, a police investigator told an inquest yesterday. Using dashcam footage of the bike that morning, the coroner concluded that it was likely Mr Munsie had too been speeding when he crashed, which was in a 50mph zone.
The collision was so severe that it threw Mr Munsie into a nearby hedgerow, leaving him with broken ribs, thighs and arms, a fractured skull and a split spinal cord, among other injuries.
Wife Lisa Miller said: "He was starting at 9am, he was literally two minutes away from work, just around the corner."
Philip King, a garage worker, was driving the Ford Focus at the time as part of a routine engine check for a client. Mr King had pulled into a lay-by to turn around and rejoin the A6 again in the direction of Bolton, heard the inquest.
He said that he was about to complete the U-turn and believed the road to be clear. Despite mirror and window checks, Mr King said did not see Mr Munsie until the moment of the crash.
Other witnesses spoke of the minutes leading up to the crash, with one driver recounting the horror he saw in this rear-view mirror: "There was a car in the lay-by, as I passed him he indicated to pull out. I could see his car pulling out in my mirror, then I realised how fast the motorbike was travelling.
"It slowed down for me, I knew what was about to happen."
Just after the crash, Mr Munsie's family paid tribute, saying in a statement: "Will was a dedicated and loving husband to wife Lisa and his three children, who have all been left devastated.
"Will’s bubbly, fun-loving character was contagious to everyone he met. He had a heart of gold and his selflessness meant nothing was too much trouble and he would often put everything on hold to help others."
Coroner Rachel Galloway recorded a conclusion of road traffic collision, with a cause of death as multiple injuries.