TWO young children have been left without a father after a road tragedy near Huddersfield.
An inquest was told that land agent Ian Wall died instantly of massive head injuries when his Triumph motorbike slammed straight into the side of a Vauxhall Frontera as it pulled out of a crossroads on Sheffield Road in Hepworth.
The 37-year-old father's body was flung into the flower bed of the Victoria Inn.
The impact smashed the bike and flipped the 4x4 onto its side. Frontera driver Michelle Leatham, of Huddersfield, told police that she was `gutted' about the crash, but claimed the road was clear when she pulled away from the junction.
She said in a statement: "I was crossing the road when suddenly there was an horrendous bang.
"The car rolled over and I had to escape out of the sunroof. I didn't know what had hit me."
However police investigators who calculated the distances at the crash scene say that she should have seen the bike.
Pc Nigel Heritage said: "Mrs Leatham had a clear view of more than 200 metres down the road.
"We estimate that Mr Wall's bike was approximately 60 metres away from her when she moved out into the road so it was totally impossible for him not to have been in view."
Audi driver Ian Brodgan had been following Mr Wall, of Roeburn Drive, Oughtibridge, along the road and spoke of his horror when he saw Mrs Leatham's Frontera pull out.
"I was totally shocked," he said. "The 4x4 pulled straight out into the road. The rider tried very hard to brake and I saw smoke coming from his back wheel, but it was too late and the bike slid under the car."
After deputy coroner Judith Naylor recorded a verdict of accidental death, Mr Wall's family spoke of their grief.
"The verdict was what we expected, but it doesn't help me and the kids," said his wife Jill.
"He has left a four-year- old daughter and 11-month- old baby son.
"Ian was an excellent father and a wonderful husband. The whole family is devastated by his loss."