Hatfield man was driving at 100mph before dying in A1(M) crash, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 27 April 2018

Zoltan Szollosi died after the crash on the A1(M) near Welwyn.

Zoltan Szollosi died after the crash on the A1(M) near Welwyn.


A Hatfield motorcyclist travelling at over 100mph died after crashing into the A1(M)’s central reservation, an inquest has heard.

Zoltan Szollosi, 28, was heading to work on the northbound carriageway when he attempted to overtake a van at high speed near Junction 6 for Welwyn.

The court heard that Mr Szollosi – who usually started work in Cambridge at 7.30am – was previously spotted undertaking and overtaking before the crash at just before 7.30am on June 2 last year.

Moments before the collision, a witness said they saw Szollosi in the middle lane rapidly coming up behind a white van.

Paraphrasing their account, assistant coroner Graham Dansbury said: “He then saw the motorcycle dip as if it was half-breaking, he then saw the motorcycle move to the right out of control into the central reservation.”

A forensic collision investigator told the court that Mr Szollosi was travelling at between 101mph and 110mph, and said there were single tyre brake marks for 43 metres on the road.

He added: “The bike and the van either moved across [into the far right-hand lane] simultaneously or possibly the bike slightly before but very close in time.”

He concluded that Szollosi’s speed and the van driver’s position on the road meant the latter’s opportunity to spot Szollosi was ”significantly reduced”.

Mr Szollosi’s tearful father told the court through an interpreter: “I know my son was travelling really fast but I only can tell of my experience in 40 years of driving a van or lorry that you [the van driver] need to be more careful.”

Assistant coroner Mr Dansbury said: “Zoltan was clearly in a hurry, probably late for work, he was driving very fast and passing vehicles on the wrong side.

“It’s not my place to consider whether the driver of the white van was in any way at fault, or to say how much Zoltan was at fault.

“What is clear is that Zoltan lost control of his motorcycle at high speed and that very sadly caused the injuries which killed him.

“He won’t have suffered, he was unconscious and then died very quickly.”

Mr Dansbury concluded that Mr Szollosi officially died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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