A motorbike rider under the influence of alcohol was killed when he ploughed into a stationary vehicle at temporary traffic lights near Frome and was flung into the opposite carriageway and run over. 

Graham Drewett, aged 51, failed to appreciate the hazard of queuing traffic on the A361 Frome Road at Rode, Somerset, on the evening of September 3 last year.

A Taunton inquest heard the council groundsman, of Steeple Ashton, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, had drunk alcohol before getting on to his bike and was over the drink drive limit at the time of the collision.

Senior Somerset coroner Samantha Marsh said he struck the stationary vehicle 'before ricocheting off into the opposite carriageway where he was run over by an oncoming vehicle'.

She said the alcohol had 'negatively affected his ability to safely control his vehicle and react to the conditions of the road'.

The inquest heard how Mr Drewett died from multiple injuries and a road traffic collision conclusion was recorded.

Many friends and fellow bikers left messages of sympathy on Mr Drewett’s Facebook page after his death and arranged a motorcycle escort for his funeral on September 30 last year.