Army truck crushed veteran biker, 74, to death as military convoy reversed on narrow country road, inquest hears
- Dennis Case was riding behind the convoy before an Army truck reversed over his motorcycle in August 2018
- The pensioner was caught in a blind spot behind the last vehicle as the convoy pulled backwards on a narrow country road
- The driver of the passing HGV sounded his horn to stop the driver from reversing towards Mr Case
- An inquest at Hull Coroner’s Court was told that the veteran biker died from multiple injuries sustained in the freak accident
A dad was crushed to death when an Army truck reversed over his motorcycle in a freak accident.
Dennis Cass, 74, was riding behind the military convoy when tragedy struck, an inquest heard.
The three Army lorries were forced to halt when the country road narrowed to single vehicle width.
The vehicles then started to reverse to allow a lorry coming the other way to pass.
74-year-old Dennis Cass was tragically crushed to death by an Army truck in a freak accident after a military convoy reversed on a narrow country road
The pensioner and veteran biker was in a blind spot behind the last truck in the convoy.
John Reader, who was driving the passing HGV, saw Mr Cass’ motorbike stop behind the last military vehicle which started to reverse.
He said: ‘I knew what was going to happen. I recall saying “He’s going to back over this bloke on his bike”.
‘I could see the motorcyclist try to shuffle his feet as if to get off. I tried to get the Army lorry driver’s attention.
‘I sounded my horn once or twice and was waving my arms at the lorry to stop. At no point did the passenger or driver look at me.
The pensioner and veteran biker (pictured) died as a result of multiple injuries sustained in the accident, an inquiry heard
‘The driver was too busy looking in his mirrors. There was no way he could have seen the motorcyclist from his position.’
Mr Cass and his Triumph bike were pinned underneath the rear wheels of the military vehicle on a country road near North Dalton, East Yorkshire, on August 24 2018.
The inquest at Hull Coroner’s Court was told he died from multiple injuries.
His son, Mike Cass, said: ‘He was very active. Always happy. He loved being out and about and helping other people. He was not one to stay still.
‘Losing him was a massive devastation. It is just beyond words.’
Coroner Ian Sprakes concluded that Mr Cass died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic collision.