A SPEEDING biker who died after his motorcycle lost control had been drinking, a coroner heard yesterday.
Carl Turner was almost twice over the legal limit for alcohol when the Honda CBR 600 he was riding crashed on Leeds Road, Deighton.
The father-of-one had spent the morning of Sunday, April 30 last year playing golf.
He later joined his partner Wendy Hackett at the White Horse pub, Leeds Road, for one pint before leaving at 4.20pm to go to work.
Mr Turner, 40, of Halifax, was on his way to the Wi'bits fish shop in Mirfield where he worked as a fish fryer.
Blood tests taken after his death showed he had drunk the equivalent of four pints of beer.
Huddersfield Coroner's Court heard how witnesses watched in horror as the biker skidded out of control as he came around the bend at the railway bridge.
Motorist Dorothy Shaw, of Mirfield, was travelling the other way towards Huddersfield.
She told the court: "I saw a bike very close to the white lines in the centre of the road.
"It was leaning so far over it was almost horizontal.
"How it was not flat I do not know.
"I knew there was going to be an incident so I stopped."
She then described how she watched the bike through her rear mirror skid out of control, throwing Mr Turner on to the floor and into a concrete pillar close to the Costcutters store.
The pathology report showed the impact of the collision had caused fatal injuries to his liver.
Accident investigators said driving conditions were fine and dry but estimated Mr Turner was had been travelling no slower than 45mph in a 40mph zone when he came off the bike.
He was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he died of severe blood loss while awaiting surgery to repair his liver.
Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict of accidental death.
He said: "This is a tragic case involving a young man.
"His blood alcohol level was over the legal limit to drive. That level is likely to have affected his co-ordination.
"It is clear he was driving too fast in these circumstances."