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Inquest takes place into death of King's Lynn driving instructor after fatal accident at Great Ellingham

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A Lynn driving instructor died from fatal injuries after "an unavoidable" collision with a deer while riding his motorbike with his son and friends in the summer.

Klaus Rissman, of Bob's First Time Driving School, died on the B1077 at Great Ellingham when travelling in the direction of Watton around 12.20pm on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

This morning's inquest heard a deer ran out into the road from a wooded area which hit the front of the bike.

Klaus Seigfried Rissman died at the age of 68. Picture: SUBMITTED
Klaus Seigfried Rissman died at the age of 68. Picture: SUBMITTED

PC Lee Smart told the court the deer was an unexpected hazard at that time of the day, which made it very difficult for Mr Rissman to avoid it.

A nurse from the nearby Lower Farm attempted to resuscitate Mr Rissman before emergency services arrived, but the 68-year-old died at the scene. A lifeless deer was found by police in an adjacent field.

A statement was read out by Mr Rissman's son Tenny who said Mr Rissman had completed a driving lesson before riding out to Attleborough with two friends that morning.

Tenny was riding behind his father with the two friends in front, and he described his father as being in a good mood at the time.

He said: "My Dad was a hardworking man who put providing for family and friends over himself. He was a lifelong Labour supporter who enjoyed debating politics and religion.

"He mellowed in later life but he always had time for his grandchildren and children. He was willing to help them in any way he could."

Mr Rissman lived alone on Ashbey Road in Lynn, and had been self-employed as a driving instructor for more than 40 years. The court heard his hobbies included listening to music, riding his bike, barbecues and spending time with family and friends.

Witnesses statements were read out which said Mr Rissman and the other three motorcylists were riding safely and sensibly at the time, within the national speed limit.

The fatal accident occurred on straight stretch of road and the court was told conditions were good, both in terms of weather and the road surface. No mechancial defects were discovered on Mr Rissman's bike following his death.

A post-mortem and toxicology report ruled out any influence of alcohol or drugs, and the cause of death was stated as fatal injuries due to a road traffic collision.

Assistant coroner Catherine Wood gave a shortform conclusion of death due to road traffic conclusion.

Mr Rissman was born in Dereham in May 1952 and leaves behind two children, Tenny and Vicky, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral procession took place in Lynn in early September, which dozens of people involved with driving schools in the area took part in to pay their respects to Mr Rissman.

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