Former Flintshire drug addict died after his motorcycle struck oncoming vehicle

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A DRUG user who had turned his life around died after his motorcycle hit a car, an inquest has heard.

Disqualified driver Gary Samuel Bunn, of King Street, Leeswood, was driving on the wrong side of the road on Ffrwd Road, Cefnybedd.

It was later found he had a cocktail of drugs in his system.

His Yamaha motorbike collided with a blue Audi TT just before 9.30pm on February 10, with the driver of the car saying he saw a “flash of light” before the impact.

But it is unclear why Mr Bunn, 31, was on the wrong side of the road.

North East Wales coroner John Hughes returned a verdict of accidental death during the inquest in Flint.

He said: “He was on the wrong side of the road, I do not have any explanation why.”

Mr Bunn had been visiting his mother Cynthia Roberts, a nurse, at her home in Coedpoeth, before returning home to see his daughter.

She said: “He said he wanted to go home and see his daughter because she was teething. I hugged him and said goodbye. I told him I never stopped loving him. I told him he should not be riding the bike because it was illegal. We will all really miss Gary. He looked like he had really turned his life around.”

A toxicology report found Mr Bunn, who was receiving addiction treatment, had cocaine, methadone, heroin, diazepam and traces of cannabis in his system.

Mr Hughes said: “He was grappling with the problem of drug addiction. He was on a medicated level of methadone. In addition to this he had taken several other drugs about the time of his death.”

Daniel Douglas Lloyd, of Coedpoeth, was driving home from a shift at the Airbus factory in Broughton at the time of the accident.

He said: “I was familiar with the road. I saw a flash of white light coming towards me. It was on my side of the road. It happened in a split second. There was not even a split second between the light and the impact.”

Mr Lloyd’s car then spun and Mr Bunn was thrown off his bike.

Crash investigators said the rear brakes on the motorbike were defective and the rear tyre was bald.

PC George Skinner, from North Wales Police’s crash investigation unit, said: “There was no ice on the road. There was insufficient space or time in which to avoid the collision. He had various drugs in his system. This may be seen as significant when considering this collision.”

Mrs Roberts said her son had been a bright child but had fallen in with a crowd of friends and had started glue sniffing and smoking cannabis.

Gary was taken into care and later started taking ecstasy and heroin but she said after he met his fiancee, Amanda Longmore, he had turned his life around.

She said: “His life completely changed. I saw him in the park and he had a new girlfriend. He said he was not using heroin.

“His little girl was his life. He had really changed.”

Speaking after the inquest Mrs Roberts said: “I know he had his problems but he was the kindest and sweetest lad I knew.”

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