An inquest in November 2016 heard that Louis was riding southbound on Station Road with two friends, in the proximity of the railway bridge, when he turned to the right to cross to the pavement on the right of the road. As he did so, he reportedly realised that there was a vehicle overtaking from behind, and stopped before attempting to turn back, but was hit and fatally injured.
Police collision investigator Sgt David Parry said that speed was not a “causative” factor. The driver was doing 50mph and when asked by Louis’s father whether he felt this was appropriate he replied, “Yes, because I slowed down to overtake.” Louis’s bike had no brakes and he used his feet to stop, but Parry confirmed that this was also not a factor in the collision.
Senior Coroner Katy Skerrett recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision and expressed some concern (shared by Louis’s father) about the 60mph speed limit on the road.