By Will Finch
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
An inquest has heard how motorcyclist Matthew Johnson, 32, was killed in a freak accident after he was knocked off his bike by a flying pheasant.
The bird flew out from a hedge on the B5066 in Staffordshire, and hit the side of Mr Johnson’s helmet — the impact of the collision was such that the visor was found embedded in the dead bird further along the road.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Andrew Haigh said: “This [was] an unfortunate combination of events; a tragic accident.”
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