An inquest into the death of a biker after a police chase has been adjourned following a second family tragedy.
Alan Long, 54, was killed two years ago when he crashed his powerful Yamaha in Stalybridge following a controversial police pursuit.
Now his son-in-law Garry Lister has died in a motorbike smash in Tameside at the weekend. he was due to give evidence at Mr Long’s inquest in Stockport today.
Mr Lister, 36, who was married Mr Long’s daughter, died on Saturday after his Yamaha 600 collided with a Vauxhall Zafira at the junction of Corporation Road and Hopkinson Avenue, Audenshaw.
Deputy Coroner for South Manchester Joanne Kearsley adjourned the hearing until September 13 – after the expected date of Mr Lister’s funeral.
She said: “I think you will all be aware of the family bereavement that has occurred over the weekend. My staff have just spoken to one of the family members.
“I know everyone is eager to get this matter started, but I am going to list it for September 13.
“The matter is clearly out of everybody’s hands and there is nothing that can be done.”
Mr Long’s wife, Julie, was also due to give evidence today.
Anthony Shimmin, representing the family, said: “I spoke to mrs Long yesterday. The family are in a bad way. she wants the matter to proceed but has child care problems with her daughter’s three children. I think it is going to be after the funeral.”
Eight police officers were suspended from driving duties following the death of Mr Long from Denton. Following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, PC Ian Bruce was charged with dangerous driving.
He was cleared one day into a trial at Liverpool Crown Court after the judge ruled that an overtaking manoeuvre at the heart of the case had been ‘calculated and safe’.
Floral tributes from Mr Lister’s friends and family were left at the roadside following the second tragedy this weekend.
A note from his widow and children said: “My darling husband and father. you will be sadly missed and you will always be in our hearts. love and miss you lots. Your beloved wife and kids.”
The driver of the Zafira, a 61-year-old woman from Audenshaw, was unhurt.
Anyone who witnessed Mr Lister’s crash, at 8.50pm on Saturday are urged to call police on 0161 856 4873.