Shock at 'recovering' bike crash victim Steven Pasta's sudden death
THE family of a motorcyclist have revealed how they believed he was making a full recovery after a serious accident, only for him to die suddenly in hospital.
Steven Pasta, 58, was travelling along the A165, near Fraisthorpe, when he crashed with a Volkswagen Golf.
He suffered multiple rib fractures and was treated at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, where doctors thought he would pull through.
His brother, Giovanni, 56, said Steven phoned him after the accident and later sent him a message on Facebook to say he would soon be home.
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However, an inquest in Hull heard the experienced motorcyclist fell seriously ill after developing an irregular heartbeat.
"Doctors were baffled as to why he deteriorated all of a sudden," said Giovanni. "I was told to expect the worst and it was totally unbelievable.
"We were in complete shock. Steven was an eccentric man and fun to be around, but most of all he was my brother and he will be sorely missed."
Steven, of Barmston, was a freelance artist who also cared for his 96-year-old father Giuseppe.
The inquest heard it was a sunny day on Friday, August 10, when Steven was riding down the Bridlington road on his black Honda at about 10.40am.
As he overtook cars heading northbound they began to slow down to wait for a black Volkswagen Golf to turn right but Steven failed to see the car and hit the driver's side.
Witnesses described how the impact threw Steven in the air and he rolled over a number of times as his bike skidded along the road.
The female driver of the Volkswagen, who has held a driving licence for more than 40 years, told the inquest she gripped the steering wheel in fear and began to sob.
She said: "I indicated right and checked my mirrors – I didn't see or hear the motorbike coming.
"I was taking my mother-in-law out for the day and she was sat in the back.
"The next thing I knew the bike had hit my car. I wasn't moving and I could see the rider rolling over.
"I was just screaming and my sister-in-law got out of the car and rang an ambulance. I can remember someone opening my door and turning off the ignition and I just cried at the roadside."
She told Steven's family: "I'm really sorry all of this has happened."
Dr Justin Cooke, a consultant histopathologist at Hull Royal Infirmary, carried out a post mortem and said Steven died of pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism after suffering injuries in the crash.
PC Ian Clark, collision investigator, said part of the road was in a poor state and some of it has been brought up to standard since the crash.
He said: "Steven simply wasn't paying attention at the time and it was too late."
No arrests were made and coroner Paul Marks recorded a verdict of accidental death.