A BIKER died after his he fell off his machine and hit a roundabout sign, an inquest heard yesterday.

A tragic set of circumstances led to the death of dad-of-two Paul Williams, of Victoria Road, Wrexham, who suffered massive head injuries, the hearing in Prestatyn was told.

The 42-year-old was killed on the A5104 near Llandegla, on July 27 last year despite attempts by a nurse, retired firefighter and paramedics to save his life .

Recording a verdict of accidental death yesterday Deputy North Wales Central Coroner John Gittins said it was a tragic set of circumstance that led to him coming off his bike and his death.

It included apparently travelling too fast for a right hand corner, road surface works on the bend, clipping the verge and trying to brake on gravel in the middle of the road.

Visibility was good and the weather was fine as Mr Williams drove his black Kawasaki 1052cc from the Corwen direction.

He passed another motorcyclist Paul Holden, who estimated he may have overtaken him at an estimated 80mph but slowed as he approached the corner.

Motorist Lyn Jones was travelling in the opposite direction and saw a plume of dust as Mr Williams rounded the bend.

“He appeared to he looking down at his wheel as though he had a puncture,” she said.

The 42-year-old appeared distracted and he may have failed to anticipate in time the roundabout which was only a short distance away, the inquest heard.

He braked, but came off the bike and hit a signpost on the roundabout suffering terrible head injuries and later died at the roadside.

An examination of the bike showed it was in good working order.

Collision investigator PC Gordon Saynor said the accident was avoidable.

Mr Gittins said: “Mr Williams appears to take a sensible line through the corner, but there is some repair work there and as he comes out of the bend he clips the verge and is rapidly approaching the roundabout.

“He doesn’t seem to be looking at the road and is looking at the bike.

“He applies emergency braking, but finds himself in the centre of the carriageway where there are loose chippings which may have caused difficulty controlling the bike.

“The bike goes onto its side and Mr Williams carries on into the middle of the roundabout and hits the sign,” Mr Gittins added.