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Biker death: 'Scary' Clipston speed limit to remain

Louise and Darryl Souza. Image copyright Louise Souza
Image caption Louise Souza said her husband would probably be alive if the junction's speed limit was lower

The speed limit at a "scary" crossroads where a biker was killed is "unlikely" to be reduced, a council has said.

Darryl Souza, 26, died in October after his motorbike hit a car as he turned on to a rural road near Clipston.

Northamptonshire County Council said new signs and a high-friction, coloured road surface were being installed at the Naseby and Longhold Roads junction.

But Mr Souza's widow said 60mph is too fast for approaching traffic and that lower speeds could prevent deaths.

Louise Souza said: "If the speed limit was lower then Darryl maybe would have survived and I don't want anyone else to go through what I have.

"When you are on the junction you can't see the traffic coming and there is also not enough time for other drivers to react and brake if need be."

A council spokesman said the road would "continue to be monitored" but a reduction in speed limit was "unlikely".

Image copyright Louise Souza
Image caption Darryl Souza's Yamaha motorbike collided with a car on a countryside road

Mr Souza and three friends were riding home to Rushden from Staffordshire on Saturday, 7 October 2017.

His Yamaha bike collided with a BMW Mini as he turned from Longhold Road on to Naseby Road at about 13:30, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car's driver was left unconscious and spent three weeks in hospital.

An inquest in Northampton heard the approach to the junction is partially obscured by tall hedges and bends in the road.

A witness, who was driving nearby, described the junction as "scary" and said that 60mph was "not an appropriate speed limit" for the area.

Crash investigator John Underwood from Northamptonshire Police said there had been two fatalities at the junction in the past ten years.

The coroner said there was no evidence of speeding or dangerous driving by either driver.

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Image caption The collision happened as Mr Souza turned from Longhold Road onto Naseby Road

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