A young army corporal from Creswell died after coming off his motorbike and striking a road sign, an inquest heard this week.
Danny Crowder, 24, died as a result of multiple internal injuries after his Suzuki GSXR collided with a Vauxhall Vivaro in Upper Langwith.
The crash happened at around 5.30pm on 24th July last year while Cpl Crowder, who served in the Queen’s Royal Lancers, was out riding with his best friend Peter Moody.
Chesterfield Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Crowder, who lived in Creswell for 20 years before moving to Worksop, was following his friend down the A632 towards Shirebrook when they came up behind a Peugoet 307 and a Vauxhall Vivaro, driven by Steven Burr, as they approached the junction of Rectory Road.
Mr Moody, who told the inquest that Mr Crowder had persuaded him to take their bikes out early that day before meeting other bikers at Scarcliffe, successfully overtook both vehicles and accelerated up thehill before the junction.
But as Mr Crowder attempted to pass the vehicles, he collided with the side of the Vivaro as it slowed down in preparation to turn right.
After glancing the van driver’s door he was thrown from his bike into a traffic sign, which bent over following the impact, before coming to rest in the grass verge - 30 metres away from the initial impact point.
Several witnesses, including Mr Burr, stopped at the scene and called paramedics. One said Mr Crowder was ‘quite talkative’ at the scene. He died later that day at North Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke.
North Derbyshire Deputy Coroner Nigel Anderson recorded a narrative verdict.