Hotel worker died on first day he'd taken motorbike to work
A MAWGAN Porth hotel worker died after losing control of his motorbike during a high speed overtaking manoeuvre, an inquest has heard.
Daniel Fountain, who worked at the Scarlet Hotel, died after colliding with a car on the B3274 between Stenalees and Roche on May 22 last year.
The 24-year-old, nicknamed Midge, was heading south on his black Suzuki GSXR 600 when it collided with a blue Citroën Xsara Picasso coming the other way.
Paramedics and Cornwall Air Ambulance attended but he was pronounced dead about half an hour later.
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Witness statements read aloud at his inquest in Truro on Monday said Mr Fountain was trying to overtake a van and a car at 80 to 100mph or more before a bend.
Mathew Trout, who was in the car which was overtaken – and who also worked as a chef at the Scarlet Hotel – said in his statement Mr Fountain was driving "full throttle".
Julian Foye delivery driver Richard Kellow, who was driving the van which Mr Fountain overtook, said Mr Fountain had friends at Julian Foye and may have been showing off.
Forensic collision investigator PC Glyn Griffin revealed that Mr Fountain, of Station Road, St Blazey, did get back on to the right side of the road after overtaking.
But he lost control of his motorbike going round the bend and collided with the Citroën, driven by Dennis Wills, who was holidaying in Cornwall with his wife.
A number of people called 999 and an off-duty policewoman removed his helmet and attempted CPR.
Dr Emma Carlyon, Coroner for Cornwall, concluded that he died of multiple fractures – including to his skull and spine.
"Dan's passion was for cars and his bike. It was fair to say he had never been in trouble because of his driving," his father Neil Fountain said in a statement.
"I often visit the site of the collision and often find myself listening to his music. I miss him very much."
He added that the day Mr Fountain died it was the first day he had ridden his motorbike to work.