December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A grieving family has praised their local community for its support following the death of a 20-year-old motorcyclist, whose inquest was concluded yesterday.
Yan Cherry-Jay was killed when his black Aprilia motorcycle was in collision with a pedestrian at about 8.20pm on February 14 at the junction of Magpie Road and Heath Road in Norwich.
He was driving back to the family home in The Street, Rockland St Mary after finishing a shift at Asda, in Hellesdon, where his mother also worked.
The Norwich inquest heard that Mr Cherry-Jay was travelling in the inside lane in Magpie Road when pedestrian Martin Gregory stepped out from the island in the middle of the crossing into his path.
The inquest heard he had insufficient time to avoid Mr Gregory.
Mr Gregory, who had walked from Esdelle Street to the Magpie Road crossing, told the inquest he had negotiated the first part of the crossing and was waiting in the island.
He said he had spotted Mr Cherry-Jay’s motorcycle but judged he had sufficient time to cross from the island onto the other side of the road, a distance of 1.8m.
When he stepped onto the carriageway he said he could not remember whether the lights were for or against him, but he did not remember pressing the button to allow him to cross.
The inquest heard that Mr Gregory had spent four hours at a city pub that afternoon drinking five pints of beer, but he said that it had not affected his judgement.
Mr Cherry-Jay’s motorcycle collided with Mr Gregory and then hit a brick wall. The 20-year-old was declared dead at the scene, while Mr Gregory suffered an injury to his shoulder.
Following the crash, a lamp post was used as a roadside shrine to Mr Cherry-Jay.
Earlier, a statement made by Dawn Carter was read to the court. She was sitting in her house in Magpie Road when she heard a loud bang. The red motorbike was in her front garden and had hit her wall.
Collision investigator PC Lee Smart said the bike was found in sixth gear, which implied Mr Cherry-Jay might have been travelling above the 30mph speed limit. But he said that Mr Cherry-Jay would not have had sufficient time to stop even if he was travelling at 30mph.
A post mortem examination revealed cannabis in Mr Cherry-Jay’s blood, but the inquest heard it was impossible to determine what effect it would have had on the biker.
Norfolk assistant coroner David Osborne concluded that Mr Cherry-Jay died as a result of a road traffic collision.
After the inquest, Mr Cherry-Jay’s family said in a statement: “We would like to express our thanks for the support from family and friends following the tragic loss of Yan.
“He was a valued employee at Asda, and about £2,000 has been raised in donations by various events at the store, which went to our chosen charity, Help for Heroes. The family would also like to thank the people of Rockland St Mary, their village, for their continued support.
“Yan was a real character, an only child, who is deeply missed.”
Following the incident, the family paid tribute to Yan in the Evening News.
They said his great passion was motorsports.
Mr Cherry-Jay grew up in West Earlham and went to West Earlham First School before going to Drayton VC and then Framingham Earl High School.
His mother said he had dreams of serving in the army as a boy but was hampered as a birth defect meant he only had one kidney.
But he still kept an interest in the armed forces and when he grew up raised money for Help for Heroes.