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Southport man, 31, tragically killed after losing control of motorbike in Thailand

Ian Edwards was seen on footage travelling at speed in the early hours of June 21 shortly before the crash, an inquest heard

A Southport man died after losing control of his motorbike in an early morning crash in Thailand, an inquest heard.

Ian Edwards was riding alone on Mahidol Road, Nong Hoi, in the Chiang Mai Province on June 21 last year.

The 31-year-old was seen on footage travelling at speed shortly before the crash, Albert Howard-Murphy told Bootle Coroner’s Court.

Mr Edwards, from Southport, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest heard that there was no third party involvement.

Markings were found on the road barriers where the bike is believed to have struck it before coming to a stop, Mr Howard-Murphy added.

An autopsy was performed in Thailand and his body was repatriated back to the UK, the ECHO reports.

Mr Howard-Murphy said Mr Edwards’ parents were contacted by Ian’s girlfriend, telling them he had been involved in the accident in the early hours of Sunday, June 21.

The family liaised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and appointed a lawyer to help deal with the police and hospital reports.

Mr Edwards was a company director who was living and working in Thailand at the time of his death, and had been there for a year.

He had previously lived in Hong Kong but located to Thailand due to work commitments.

No vehicles were involved in the crash, and no CCTV captured the actual moment of the collision, described as an “accidental loss of control.”

Mr Howard-Murphy said 345 milligrams of alcohol was found in Mr Edwards’ blood sample.

Coroner Julie Goulding said the 31-year-old had lost control of the motorbike and suffered “catastrophic and fatal injuries.”

She gave a conclusion of a road traffic accident.

Ms Goulding offered her condolences to Mr Edwards’ dad and two brothers, who attended the inquest.

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