A motorcyclist was over the limit and travelling at nearly 80mph when he crashed and died on the Luton and Dunstable border, an inquest heard yesterday.
Eitvydas Zdanys, 19, suffered fatal injuries when he came off his Kawasaki ZX600 on the Dunstable Road/Skimpot Road roundabout at 2.10am on August 2 last year.
An inquest held in Ampthill heard that the night before the collision, Mr Zdanys, from Dagenham, travelled to Luton to meet a friend.
The pair consumed alcohol before heading out to go to McDonald’s on Luton Road, Dunstable, in the early hours of the morning.
The inquest heard that on the journey Mr Zdanys starting ‘showing off’ to his friend, who was riding pillion, by riding at the maximum speed he could.
PC Bruce Lister, collision investigator, said that as the pair approached the Dunstable Road/Skimpot Road roundabout the motorbike struck the offside kerb and careered out of control.
The motorbike continued onto the roundabout and collided with a Toyota Prius private hire car.
Mr Zdanys and his passenger were travelling at no less than 78mph at the time of the collision, PC Lister added.
The speed limit on the road is 30mph.
The impact of the collision propelled the pair off the motorbike and Mr Zdanys suffered skull, rib and spinal fractures as wells as a tear in the vessels of his heart.
The 19-year-old’s death was confirmed at the scene by officers.
The passenger suffered serious injuries– including a double break to the arm– and was taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
Toxicology tests showed that Mr Zdanys, a construction worker from Lithuania, had 156mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood– almost two times the UK drink drive limit of 80mg.
PC Lister said: “The effects of alcohol are likely to be contributory to the collision, this was compounded by limited experience of the roads.”