Biker three times over alcohol limit

16:00, Feb 13 2013

An Okato motorcyclist who died after losing control and crashing in heavy rain and wind was more than three times the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Tracey Janice Dando, 45, and two others, husband Mark Dando and friend Brian Holland, were riding to an unveiling of a headstone at Rahotu when the accident happened north of Opunake on November 3.

Coroner Christopher Devonport said Mrs Dando had a blood alcohol level of 261 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.

Mr Dando told police his wife had drunk alcohol the previous night but had not had any that morning.

Mrs Dando had a restricted motorcycle licence but she was not permitted to drive the Triumph Thruxton 900.

She was wearing a full face helmet with no visor and wrap-around sunglasses.

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The police investigator believed the tint and water on the lenses would have impeded her vision of the roadway.

The coroner said he agreed with the police investigation that Mrs Dando's actions of riding under the influence of alcohol, combined with the torrential rain and the sunglasses were all factors in the crash.

He found she died at the scene of the accident of severe blood loss from the injuries suffered when she failed to negotiate a moderate right-hand bend and hit a signpost.

The motorcycle Mrs Dando was riding was not badly damaged in the accident.

Taranaki Daily News