A man was killed when the electric bike he was riding crashed into a car, an inquest heard today.
David Burger was involved in the collision which happened after police spotted the 35-year-old on the bike and followed him on the streets of Dingle.
The accident happened at the junction of Park Street and Beaufort Street at around 8.15pm, on June 1, when Mr Burger was on a black Sur Ron electric bike.
Coroner Andre Rebello said “police officers’ attentions were drawn to the electric bike being driven by David Burger” as it travelled along Park Street, across Moss Street, and onto the continuation of Park Street.
A grey Vauxhall Grandland car was also on Park Street, ahead of Mr Burger, as the police car which was on the scene moved onto Park Street.
Mr Rebello said the bike overtook the Grandland and continued to the junction with Beaufort Street, with the rider looking over his shoulder.”
The Grandland started to make a right turn when it collided with Mr Burger’s electric bike.
The 35-year-old came off the Sur Ron and landed on the road surface and sustained severe head injuries.
Officers attended the scene and carried out immediate first aid, along with a doctor who was in the vicinity.
Mr Burger was taken to Aintree Hospital, but after an assessment medics decided his injures were “not survivable” and he died on the afternoon of June 2.
The court in Kirkdale heard how Mr Burger, whose parents attended the inquest, was a joiner, was born in Liverpool and lived at an address in Toxteth.
After his death, hundreds of people turned out for a vigil to the popular young man as lanterns were released into the sky and candles lit at the roadside.
Floral tributes and messages were left at a growing shrine with recollections of the 35-year-old, known by the nickname “Burg” and “Buck.”
One woman said: “RIP mate, you will never be forgotten. What a lovely lad.”
Another woman added: “Heartbreaking, RIP lad, and fly high with the angels.”
Merseyside Police’s investigation has now finished and no action was taken against the Vauxhall driver.
The matter was referred to the watchdog , the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as a matter of course due to the officers’ presence at the scene before the crash.
The IOPC sent it back to the force for a local enquiry, and there was no criticism of the police.
An IOPC spokesman said: “We received a mandatory referral from Merseyside Police following a collision involving an electric bike, due to the fact officers had been following the vehicle prior to the collision.
“After considering the available information we returned the matter to the force.”
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