Inquest finds motorcyclist died by ‘misadventure’

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

A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of misadventure Tuesday after hearing evidence this week about a collision on West Bay Road that resulted in the death of Daniel Mitchell Grant, 21, in 2014.

Mr. Grant was traveling over 88 mph in a 25 mph zone when his motorcycle collided with a Honda CR-V.

The accident occurred near Captain’s Bakery at the intersection of Slate Drive and West Bay Road at around 11:50 p.m. on July 29, 2014.

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

Mr. Grant sustained multiple life-ending injuries to the chest during the accident and died upon impact, according to pathologists’ reports.

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The car driver, who had been drinking that evening and was over the legal limit, was originally charged with causing death by careless driving, but the charge was dropped after investigators determined the cause of the accident was due to the excessive speed at which Mr. Grant was traveling.

According to expert statements, Mr. Grant’s 1000 cc Yamaha motorcycle traveled a distance of 193.75 feet in 1.5 seconds. A competent driver, fully alert and sober, requires 2.5 seconds to react to a hazard.

The experts concluded that the Honda driver, although inebriated, had a reaction time of 2.5 seconds during the incident and did not have enough time to react to the motorcycle approaching at such a high speed.

After a brief deliberation, the jury returned with a unanimous verdict that the manner of death in this incident was misadventure.

Coroner Eileen Nervik had earlier explained to the jury that a verdict of misadventure was appropriate where evidence suggests that a death was an unintended consequence of a deliberate action.

There were multiple witnesses to the incident, including several of Mr. Grant’s friends who had been traveling behind him as the group left the Attic Sports Bar in Queen’s Court Plaza shortly before the accident occurred.

Another witness, who saw the collision from the outside balcony at the Attic, said in his statement that, as the Honda CR-V began to turn right, Mr. Grant revved his motorcycle “a second time and headed to the CR-V.”

“I saw him attempt to dodge the CR-V and hit the telephone pole and sparks began to fly out of the transformer,” the witness said in his statement.

A security guard at the plaza said he had witnessed Mr. Grant “wheelie” his motorcycle, and heard the impact of the collision shortly thereafter.

Multiple CCTV cameras also recorded footage of the crash.

The rider of a pedal bicycle was also involved in the incident. The motorcycle clipped a bicycle as its rider was attempting to get out of the way of the vehicle.

The bicycle was damaged but the rider was not injured.

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