Motorcyclist ‘failed to give way’ before fatal Dunstable Road crash

Eitvidas Zdanys, 19, died in the collision
Eitvidas Zdanys, 19, died in the collision

A motorcyclist failed to give way moments before he lost his life on Sunday morning, an inquest opening heard yesterday.

Eitvidas Zdanys, of Hatfield Road, Dagenham, was driving through Luton with a passenger when he was involved in a collision.

The 19-year-old’s Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle collided with a silver Toyota Prius on Dunstable Road, near its junction with Skimpot Road at 2.10am on Sunday.

Mr Zdanys, originally from Šiauliai in Lithuania, died from his injuries in the collision.

At an inquest opening in Ampthill yesterday afternoon it was heard that Mr Zdanys failed to give way to the owner of the Toyota Prius, who was travelling around the Dunstable Road/Skimpot Road roundabout at the time of the collision.

Assistant coroner Ian Pears added that it is not yet known why that was the case.

A full inquest will be held on February 9 2016.

Beds Police are continuing to investigate the tragedy, and a sign has been placed at the crash site appealing for witnesses.

PC Helen Carpenter, investigating, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision, or either vehicle prior to it, to call police.”

Since the tragic collision, tributes for Mr Zdanys have poured in on social media, from friends in Lithuania.

His mother Danute Zdaniene, who still lives in Šiauliai, thanked people for their support, while his heartbroken sister, Kornelija, posted a childhood picture of her brother.

A bouquet of flowers now marks the spot where the 19-year-old lost his life.

Mr Zdanys’ passenger, a 20-year-old man from Luton, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

The driver of the Toyota, a 47-year-old man from Luton, was not injured.

Anyone with any information about the crash should call the Roads Policing Unit on 101.