Biker killed in Southend-on-Sea crash named as inquest opens into death


A man who died in an accident while riding his motorbike has been named. The inquest into the death of Giles Pettitt has opened at Essex Coroner’s Court.

Mr Pettitt, 48, from Southend-on-Sea, was riding his motorbike on Sutton Road on January 31 when he was involved in an accident. Emergency services rushed to the scene but tragically he could not be saved and was pronounced dead.

There was a heavy emergency services presence on the road after the crash, which happened around 6.40pm. At the time, police arrested a 29-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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At the opening of the inquest today (April 21), coroner’s officer Andre Kimche said: “He died on January 31, 2022 at Sutton Road in Southend. He was involved in a collision with a car Emergency services were called to the scene His death occurred at 7:29 p.m. A forensic autopsy gave a tentative cause of death as 1A traumatic chest injury pending toxicology and histology .

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Area coroner Michelle Brown said: “I am officially opening the inquest. [Mr Pettitt] died at Sutton Road, Southend. The police asked me formally if this case could be officially put on hold while they continue their investigations. Therefore, I will grant it and the case can be stayed.” No date has yet been set for a full inquest, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Essex Police are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has footage. You can submit a report online at or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to talk to an operator online between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Please cite incident 982 of January 31. You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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