A MOTORCYCLIST who died after a crash in Wallingford was intoxicated at the time, an inquest has heard.

Steven McDermott, 52, died at the scene of an accident on the Hithercroft roundabout, Calvin Thomas Way, on Wednesday, November 22 last year.

An inquest opening heard that the IT technician, who resided in Cholsey, was ‘found against some fencing with his motorbike’ at about 10.47pm.

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Oxford Mail: Steven McDermottSteven McDermott (Image: Family handout)

He had been intoxicated with alcohol and was ‘likely at excess speed’, an inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court heard on May 8.

Senior coroner Darren Salter said: “When he approached the Hithercroft roundabout from the direction of Wallingford and failed to negotiate it, instead riding in a straight line to the right of the roundabout and into the verge and trees.”

Paramedics attempted resuscitation but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His medical cause of death was given as multiple injuries and alcohol intoxication.

Senior coroner Mr Salter cause of death was ruled as ‘road traffic collision’.

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A tribute was released from Mr McDermott’s family after his death, who stated they are ‘devastated at the tragic loss’ of a father and grandfather.

They said: “Our father had the craziest sense of humour and would always try to make light of a situation by saying something silly.

“If anybody could pull us out of a dark it, then it would be him.”