England

Charlotte Tagg speed trial death: Rider 'no memory of crash'

  • 17 September 2013
  • From the section England
Charlotte Tagg
Charlotte Tagg was in the sidecar of a Honda Asco when hit a wall

The rider of a motorbike who crashed at a speed trials event that killed his co-rider has no memories of the crash, an inquest heard.

Charlotte Tagg, was fatally injured in the sidecar of the Honda Asco when it hit a wall at 100mph during the Brighton Speed, on 8 September 2012.

Rider Roger Hollingshead, suffered serious injuries, the inquest in Brighton heard.

Ms Tagg, 38 of Suffolk, had partnered Mr Hollingshead 10 days earlier.

Her role as pillion passenger was to provide balance and weight.

'Air of anticipation'

Ms Tagg, a mother of three from Beck Row, and Mr Hollingshead had completed two runs without incident.

Roger Hollingshead suffered serious injuries in the crash

But on the third and final run, they crossed the finishing line at more than 100mph when the bike appeared to lose control and crashed into a pillar.

Ms Tagg was taken to hospital but was declared dead soon afterwards.

Mr Hollingshead, 64, told the inquest that he had no memories of the crash, or the moments leading up to it.

"It's a speed event," he said. "Competitors are going to go fast.

"There was an air of anticipation and excitement throughout the day."

The hearing was adjourned until Tuesday.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites