Man dies after motorcycle collides with wild boar in France

PUBLISHED: 14:28 22 March 2019

An inquest into his death was held at Avon Coroner's Court in Flax Bourton.

An inquest into his death was held at Avon Coroner's Court in Flax Bourton.


A 44-year-old man from Nailsea died of multiple injuries after his motorbike hit a wild boar on a motorway in France.

Garry Scutcher, a married accountant from Rowan Close, was found lying on his back on highway A28 at Abbeville-Rouen in France just before 3am on April 27 last year.

Mr Scutcher was discovered by a Jeremy La Forge, a lorry driver, who called the emergency services.

He had suffered multiple injuries to his head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a police interview, which was read out at the inquest of Mr Scutcher at Avon Coroner’s Court, in Flax Bourton, on Thursday, Mr La Forge said: “I noticed something that looked like debris in the road.

“I turned my headlights on full beam and I could see a person lying in the middle of the lane.

“I had sufficient time to break and I turned my headlights on and approached the person lying in the road.

“I realised he was dead.

“There was blood in the area of the skull and his helmet must have been ejected as it was no longer in place.

“I also noticed a wild boar and motorcycle in the emergency stopping lane.

“Presumably, he was driving along on his motorcycle and struck a wild boar.”

Mr La Forge said he had been droving along the motorway frequently, for a number of years, and had never seen an animal cross the road like that before.

Sergeant Fabrice Desperelle, from Abbeville police station, was called out to the incident.

In a statement read out in court, he said: “When I arrived the emergency services were already there.

“The remains of a wild boar were in the left-hand lane and meters away was a damaged motorcycle.

“Further along from the motorcycle was the body of a person lying on his back and paramedics were performing first aid.”

A post-mortem examination by Dr Russell Delaney confirmed Mr Scutcher’s injuries were ‘unsurvivable’.

He said the nature of his head injury would have rendered him immediately unconscious.

Assistant coroner Terence Moore concluded Mr Scutcher died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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