Inquest begins into 2014 death of motorcyclist

An inquest into the death of Daniel Mitchell Grant, 21, revealed that he was traveling over 88 mph in a 25 mph zone on West Bay Road on the evening of July 29, 2014, when his motorcycle was struck by a Honda CR-V.

Mr. Grant sustained multiple life-ending injuries to the chest during the accident and died upon impact in the collision, according to Health Services Authority pathologist Dr. Shravana Jyoti, who testified at the inquest.

The scene fatal 2014 crash late Tuesday involving a Honda CRV, left, and a Yamaha motorcycle, in pieces, on West Bay Road. – Photo: Norma Connolly
The scene of the fatal 2014 crash involving a Honda CRV, left, and a Yamaha motorcycle, in pieces, on West Bay Road. – Photo: Norma Connolly

The accident occurred in the vicinity of Captain’s Bakery at the intersection of Slate Drive and West Bay Road.

According to police accounts, the motorcycle was traveling southbound from West Bay toward George Town and the driver of the Honda was traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Honda was turning right into Slate Drive from West Bay Road, when it collided with the motorcycle.

Accident reconstructionist Vincent Walters, who testified at the inquest Monday, said Mr. Grant was driving a 1000 cc Yamaha motorcycle which he described as “small” and “powerful.” The motorcycle was not registered to Mr. Grant.

Mr. Walters said CCTV cameras recorded footage for the collision, which investigators used to determine the speed at which Mr. Grant was driving. He was driving 88.1 mph in a 25 mph zone, Mr. Walters said.

Footage also showed that, prior to the collision, the driver of the CR-V has “patiently waited” for a pedal cyclist to pass before making his turn.

RCIPS investigating officer Donovan Chong said during the inquest that one witness had observed Mr. Grant “wheelie” his bike on one wheel before the accident occurred.

The driver of the Honda, who had been drinking that evening and was over the legal limit, was originally charged with one count of causing death by careless driving and two counts of driving under the influence. However, the charge of causing death by careless driving was dropped after investigators determined that the cause of the accident was due to the excessive speed at which Mr. Grant was driving the motorcycle.

Jurors at the inquest heard the testimony of three witnesses, Dr. Jyoti, Mr. Walters and Mr. Chong, before the inquest recessed for lunch. Jurors were due to hear other witness statements, read by Queen’s Coroner Eileen Nervik, who is presiding over the inquest, Monday afternoon.

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