Nurse, 29, whose boyfriend died in car crash killed in motorcycle accident years later

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An woman who was inspired to become a nurse when her boyfriend died in a crash with a car was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident herself years later, an inquest heard.

Chelsea Hobbs, 29, from Canvey Island, Essex, “for an unknown reason” braked heavily causing her Honda motorcycle to pitch forward and turn upside down, throwing her from the vehicle.

The rapid deceleration caused the bike to pitch forward and flip over in September last year, Essex Live reports.

Speaking after the inquest, Chelsea’s mum Maggi O’Rawe-Hobbs said her daughter had decided to train as a nurse after her boyfriend died in a motorcycle accident in 2012.

Mikey Denley died two days after a head-on motorcycle collision with a drunk driver on an industrial estate in Southend-on-Sea.

An inquest into Chelsea’s death heard she and the motorcycle slid across a road in Kempston Hardwick, Bedfordshire, for around 35 metres before coming to a halt.

Chelsea, who had been working in Royal London Hospital since the start of the pandemic, was initially taken to Bedfordshire Hospital and then rushed to the trauma centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

She died at around 6.30pm that evening from a “traumatic brain injury”, a coroner heard on Tuesday.

After graduating in September 2019, Chelsea worked in the intensive care unit at Homerton Hospital in east London, but moved to the Royal London Hospital at the start of the pandemic.

Ms O’Rawe Hobbs said: “Everything she did was in the healthcare service, the caring part of stuff was high on her priorities.

“She was so kind, so caring and professional and she had a wicked sense of humour.

“Chelsea’s brothers Connar and Laine are both devastated by the loss of their older sister.”

She said Chelsea was an experienced motorcyclist and would attend track days to learn more about the right ways to ride.

Her mum said: “Her dad is a motorcyclist and Chelsea was always sitting on his motorbike as soon as she was able to. It played a big part in her life.

“She was a really experienced bike rider. It wasn’t just for fun. There was a fun element to it but she was very serious about it as well.”

Ms O’Rawe Hobbs said Chelsea had gone out with a group to visit a cafe on a day off work when the crash took place.

She said: “She would travel everywhere on her bike, especially if it was a nice clear day as it was that day. The only person who can tell us what happened is not here.

“Accidents do just happen. It has left a massive hole in our lives.”

She said Chelsea was passionate about organ donation and eight people have benefited following her death.

Family and friends have also raised more than £10,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service.

The only piece of evidence assistant coroner Amy Street read at the inquest was a serious collision investigation report from Bedfordshire Police.

It said: “Chelsea was in a convoy with four other riders and was positioned third in the convoy. As they approached the junction with Manor Road she braked heavily causing the cycle to pitch forward and the rear wheel to go up in the air.”

The report said the bike was “fully inverted” and the windscreen and pillion seat “connected with the road surface”.

It added: “During this motion, Miss Hobbs was falling from the vehicle.”

Police could not find any faults with the motorcycle, road layout or surface that could have contributed to the crash.

Chelsea is also not thought to have suffered with any medical conditions or disabilities.

The coroner gave a conclusion of road traffic collision.

Ms Street said: “Chelsea Hobbs died on September 20, 2020 at at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, from a head injury sustained in a motorcycle accident that morning.

“She was riding a motorcycle south-west along Woburn Road in Bedfordshire having entered the road from the roundabout junction of the A421.

“Just before the junction with Manor road for an unknown reason she braked heavily causing the motorcycle to pitch forward and turn upside down, throwing her from the vehicle.”