AN INQUEST has found that the use of heroin and cocaine was a factor in the death of a man in a motorcycle crash.
Geraint Alyn Williams, 33, of Coedpoeth, died on February 12 when his Honda motorbike hit the kerb and flew through the air on the Brymbo link-road near the junction of the A525.
Mr Williams had been a heroin addict for six years and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the age of 26.
He had made several attempts at detoxification and had returned from a trip to Benidorm and told his wife, Carol, he was clear of heroin but had taken cocaine.
Mrs Williams told the Coroner's Court at Wrexham her husband was in an aggressive mood on February 11 and she rang a friend to take him out for the day. He was calmer when he came home and later went out again with his friend, returning about 2am next day.
Mrs Williams made breakfast for her husband on February 12, then left the house and did not see him alive again.
Mr Williams had been disqualified from driving for 10 years in 2000 after he knocked down three joggers in Bersham, but he owned two motorcycles which were to be kept in the garage until he got his licence back.
Eifion Parry, of Tanyfron, was a passenger in a car travelling towards Tanyfron. He told the court a red motorbike with a single rider had overtaken at about 40mph as he approached a set of traffic lights and then turned right into Ruthin Road. Mr Parry then saw the bike accelerate very quickly and overtake several cars. Half a mile later he saw the bike on the left-hand verge with debris all over the road and a young man making a call on a mobile phone.
He then saw the rider lying on the verge and his helmet, although fastened, had come off. He remained at the scene until an ambulance arrived.
Gareth Huw Jones, a council roadworker, told the court he saw the rider flying through the air followed by the bike. There was no other traffic at the time.
Mr Jones called for an ambulance and Mr Williams was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital, where he was certified dead.
A post-mortem examination was carried out by pathologist Dr Roger Williams, who found heavy bruising and a fracture of the skull. Toxicology tests showed that there was no alcohol in the blood but there were 0.45mcg of cocaine and 1.3mcg of heroin in the urine.
The police vehicle examiner said that there were no mechanical defects with the motorbike.
The weather and road conditions were good and the reasons for the loss of control of the vehicle were not known.
North East Wales Coroner John Hughes said he believed that drugs had played a part in the death of Mr Williams and the cause of death was cerebral contusions due to head injuries and a fractured skull, arising from a road traffic accident.
A contributory cause was the consumption of illegal drugs and a verdict of accidental death was recorded.