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Record speed biker dies in crash
A motorcyclist who made legal history after being caught speeding at 155mph by a police camera, died in a crash while riding at an estimated 100mph.

Lee Beddis, 37, of Blaina, near Ebbw Vale, was killed when he hit a car on a 60mph road near Usk in Monmouthshire on his way to work, an inquest heard.

The coroner said "outrageous speed" led to his death by misadventure.

In May 2002, he was banned from driving for a year after riding so fast he was "like a blur" to other motorists.

The sole reason for Mr Beddis's death was the outrageous speed at which he was travelling on a quiet country lane
Wendy James

A police camera recorded his speed as 155mph - at the time the highest-ever reading on a speed camera. He was riding his Y-registration Honda along a 60mph road at the time.

During Mr Beddis' trial in 2002 at Cardiff Crown Court, motorist John Bartlett told the court: "All I saw was a blur passing me at immense speed. He was going so fast I couldn't make out what kind of bike it was or what he was wearing. It gave me a scare."

After serving his ban, Mr Beddis, a welder, bought another bike, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 bike, and returned to motorcycling.

'Travelling too fast'

The inquest heard how he was travelling to work on 16 September at 0740 GMT on the B4598 towards Usk, when he rode into the back of a Peugeot 106.

Witness Leslie Williams told the coroner's court: "He had to be travelling at more than 100mph. The bike was squealing - he was travelling too fast."

Deputy Gwent Coroner Wendy James said: "It is apparent that Mr Beddis was driving at such an excessive speed that he was unable to take any effective, evasive action.

"The sole reason for Mr Beddis's death was the outrageous speed at which he was travelling on a quiet country lane."

A post-mortem examination found Mr Beddis, who had one son, died of multiple injuries.

The coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.


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