A man who chose to ride an unroadworthy motorcycle while unregistered and under the influence of illicit substances is solely responsible for his own death, a coroner has found.
Bradley James Jones, 24, died when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a stationary prime mover on October 3, 2019.
Coroner Andrew McKee, in delivering his report into the death of Mr Jones, said despite the fact the prime mover had been parked illegally, it did not in any way contribute to the "avoidable" death.
The driver of the prime mover had parked it hard against the gutter opposite Hargrave Crescent, Mayfield, in order to provide room for other motorists.
However, it is illegal to park a heavy vehicle on a public street for longer than one hour and in that sense, the driver of the prime mover had parked illegally.
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The prime mover was regularly parked in that location overnight and the driver was unaware that it was an offence to do so.
Coroner McKee said despite this he was satisfied, taking into account the affidavit by Tasmania Police, that the parking of the prime mover did not contribute to the fatal collision.
The report into Mr Jones' death noted that while he had always had an interest in motorcycles, Mr Jones only held a novice L2 licence.
His licence had been suspended due to the non-payment of fines.
He had never held a full drivers or motorcycle licence, despite first driving a dirt bike at the age of 12 and riding motorcycles up until the time of his death.
Mr Jones was also disqualified from driving or obtaining a licence until July 20, 2021 due to a previous conviction.
On October 3 about 8am, Mr Jones texted a friend requesting a lift to Kings Meadows to enable him to collect a rear tyre for his motorbike.
Between 2.30pm and 3pm the prime mover was parked in its location, outside the driver's neighbour's resident in Lawson Street.
Mr Jones had ridden his dirt bike to his friend's address. It was noted at the time Mr Jones was not wearing a helmet and was dressed in a thin yellow motocross jersey.
While there, the coroner's report notes the pair smoked cannabis over two or three hours and his friend was of the opinion Mr Jones was under the influence of something other than cannabis.
A toxicology report after the fatal collision showed both cannabis and methylamphetamine were present in Mr Jones' body.
Mr Jones left his friend's residence at 11.20pm. He told his friend he intended on riding the bike to his sister's house at Newnham.
His friend attempted to stop him from leaving but he was unable to convince Mr Jones and he left on the motorbike.
About 11.55pm a flat tray ute was being driven on Lawson Street. The driver passed the prime mover and he observed a motorcycle travelling towards him with no headlights or taillights.
The motorcycle was being ridden on the correct side of the road. The vehicles passed one another and Mr Jones' motorcycle continued in a straight line of travel.
Neighbours who witnessed the collision said their attention was drawn to the sound of a dirt bike.
Both observed Mr Jones pass the utility and both commented to the other that it was going to be a tight fit.
Neither heard the motorcycle slow down, it maintained constant speed as the vehicles passed.
The driver of the utility said he thought he heard a sound, he stopped his car and noticed the motorbike was under the truck.
Coroner McKee said the prime mover was compliant in all respects except the width of the vehicle, which was over allowable limits by 10 millimetres. However, he said that width did not contribute.
"Mr Jones is solely responsible for the collision between the motorcycle being ridden by himself and the prime mover. Mr Jones chose to ride an unregistered, unroadworthy motorcycle on a public street whilst unlicensed," Coroner McKee said.
"He failed to wear the most basic of protective equipment, namely a crash helmet and any form of protective clothing. He had consumed illicit substances, namely methylamphetamine and cannabis. He was riding a motorcycle at night with no illumination. The crash reconstruction indicates that the prime mover was visible for a distance of 45 metres. He had sufficient time to avoid the collision."
Coroner McKee said this was a further example of the consequences that flow from an individual choosing to drive unlicensed and unregistered and not wearing protective gear.
"I again comment that members of the public were exposed to the aftermath of the collision when they rendered assistance to Mr Jones. I further note that this is yet another avoidable collision that exposed first responders, namely police officers and paramedics, to another fatal collision."