Motorbike death crash teen Daniel Martin called up for jury service
THE father of a teenage motorcyclist killed in a car crash has hit out after his son was summoned for jury service.
Daniel Martin, 18, died after his bike crashed into a car in Runnymede Way, Kingswood, in July last year.
Now, his father Adrian has received a letter from Hull Coroner's Court, requesting Daniel as a juror.
Adrian, 46, said: "I couldn't believe what I was reading. Things like this shouldn't happen.
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"I have had counselling since Danny's death and this has put me right back to the day of the accident.
"I'm dumbstruck how an official body can do something so catastrophically wrong."
Student mechanic Daniel, who lived in Kingswood, was travelling north from the Asda Kingswood roundabout on his Kawasaki 400cc after a day out riding with friends.
Witnesses told Hull Coroner's Court they heard a bike "revving high" and changing through the gears as it was driven along the 30mph road, less than half a mile from Daniel's home in Halecroft Park.
The motorcycle, which had been de-restricted to increase the power by almost 50 per cent, crashed into the front of the Vauxhall Corsa.
The woman driving the Corsa was initially arrested and interviewed.
However, she was later released unconditionally and an inquest into Daniel's death heard he may have been travelling faster than 59mph in a 30mph zone.
A pathologist said Daniel died of internal bleeding after rupturing his spleen and fracturing five ribs and a verdict of accidental death was recorded.
Adrian, who also lives in Kingswood, said he received a call from Geoffrey Saul, coroner for Hull and the East Riding, apologising for the letter.
"The letter was addressed to Danny and I couldn't believe it," said Adrian.
"We are trying to get ourselves back on our feet. I don't want this to happen to anyone else."
Adrian, a taxi driver, said life has been hard since Daniel died.
"It's been an absolute nightmare," said Adrian.
"He was my best mate. I feel as though I've lost my right arm, the same as the rest of the family."
Mr Saul said he had spoken to the family and offered his "sincere apologies" for the "pain and distress" the letter caused.
He said: "Daniel's name was on a list selected annually by the Jury Central Summoning Bureau in London, using only one in 1,000 names from the electoral register they received in late 2010.
"Daniel's death occurred after that list was compiled.
"Last week, we chose jurors' names at random from that list and it is a matter of extreme regret that Daniel's name was selected."