Tragic bikers were ‘overtaking’

Police roadblock at the junction of Mythop Road and Chain Lane after a fatal accident on the section between Chain Lane and Preston  New Road.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'9-9-2012

Police roadblock at the junction of Mythop Road and Chain Lane after a fatal accident on the section between Chain Lane and Preston New Road. PIC BY ROB LOCK'9-9-2012

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A BIKER who died in a horror crash was overtaking when he crashed into a tractor, an inquest heard.

Patrick Cresswell, 46, and his 25-year-old partner Suzanne Smith – who was riding pillion – were killed in the tragic accident on Staining’s Mythop Road on Sunday.

At the opening of the inquest yesterday, Blackpool coroner Anne Hind heard the couple, who lived together on Newhouse Road, Marton, died instantly with multiple injuries.

Reading a statement to the court, coroner’s officer PC Helen Leeson said: “They were on Mythop Road when the rider performed an overtake.

“A collision has occurred with the motorcycle going into the tractor on the opposite of the road.

“Both have been killed instantly.”

A post-mortem was carried out on Miss Smith on Tuesday and a day later on Mr Cresswell.

The cause of death was officially recorded as multiple injuries.

Tributes were paid to the couple in the immediate aftermath of the crash by their heartbroken families.

Miss Smith, the mother of two young daughters and eldest of five children, was described as a “tomboy with a passion for music” by her devastated dad Sean Kerr.

He added she would be “sadly missed”.

Mr Cresswell’s father, Barry, said his son “was his own man” and he would “miss him dearly”.

The couple, who were riding a Honda motorbike, were travelling with a second motorbike, a Suzuki, when the crash happened at around 4pm on Sunday.

Police closed Mythop Road between Marton Mere and Chain Lane until late evening while accident investigators tried to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The inquest was adjourned while the police investigation continues.