A devastated family have paid tribute to ‘a good guy’ biker who died in a motorcycle crash.
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A devastated family have paid tribute to ‘a good guy’ biker who died in a motorcycle crash. Mechanic Gareth Cooper, 44, came from a Macclesfield family of bike enthusiasts and was also a classic car fan. His mother, Angela Robinson, said: “He had a collection of Triumph bikes from the 1960s. We come from a family of bikers – his brother rides motocross, Debs (his partner) rides bikes and my father rode bikes. Bikers are not bad people. He was such a good guy.” Mr Cooper, of Manchester Road, Mossley, was killed in November last year when he lost control of his motorcycle when braking. He collided with a car coming the other way on Wakefield Road in Stalybridge at around 5.30pm on November 2. An inquest into his death said there was no suggestion the car driver, primary school teacher Kate Rodgers, had committed any offence. Mr Cooper was taken to Tameside Hospital where medics tried to revive him. Pathologist Nigam Shah gave the cause of death as multiple injuries. Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner John Pollard said: “We can all guess what may have happened but there is no evidence of what causes him to brake suddenly, so much so that he lost control of the bike and went across the centre of the road, colliding with the front offside wing of Miss Rodgers’ car.”
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