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Man dies after badger causes motorcycle accident

A businessman has died in a freak motorcycle accident after hitting a badger on a quiet country road.

Keith Goldsmith, from Oxted in Surrey, was thrown from his bike after the collision on April 1st, and was taken by ambulance to the Kent & Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. Doctors checked his personal injuries but could find no serious damage and so released him.

Eight hours later, while resting at home, the 53-year-old collapsed and was once again rushed to hospital. He suffered a stroke, brought on by the effects of the motorcycle accident, and died several days later in intensive care.

A life-long friend of Mr Goldsmith said, "It was just a terrible freak accident. The first he saw of the badger was when it was right under his wheels. There was nothing he could do about it.

"He was a very good rider who had ridden bikes since the age of 16. For this to happen was a pure freak."

Mr Goldsmith owned his own carpet and flooring business and was well-known by both local residents and members of the business community. He was passionate about speedway racing and was returning from a race meeting when the motorcycle accident happened.

Paying tribute, Mr Goldsmith's widow said, "He loved living. He worked very hard. He loved socialising and had a lot of friends."



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