Nurse, 29, dies in bike crash 8 years after boyfriend killed by drink driver

A frontline coronavirus nurse has died after her motorbike flipped over, eight years after her boyfriend died in a collision, an inquest has heard.

Chelsea Hobbs, 29, was inspired to become a nurse after her partner died in a crash in 2012 but she too was killed after a road accident last year.

On a day off from work (September 20, 2020), Chelsea had taken her Honda motorcycle out for a ride, when something caused her to "brake heavily".

The rapid deceleration caused the motorbike to pitch forward and flip over.

The inquest heard that Chelsea and the motorbike slid across Woburn Road, in Kempston Hardwick, Bedfordshire, for around 35 metres before coming to a halt.

Chelsea, who was from Canvey Island, Essex, was taken to Bedfordshire Hospital but then was rushed to the trauma centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

She died at around 6.30 pm on the same day from a "traumatic brain injury".

Chelsea had been working in Royal London Hospital since the start of the pandemic and helped treat those with coronavirus. She was also an experienced motorcyclist and would attend track days to improve her riding.

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Chelsea's mother, Maggi 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."

Her mother told Cambridgeshire Live that Chelsea's father is a motorcyclist so it had been a passion of hers since she was very young.

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."

Chelsea's boyfriend Mikey Denley died in 2012 after a head-on motorcycle collision with a drunk driver on an industrial estate in Southend-on-Sea.

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Chelsea was known to be passionate about organ donation and eight people have received transplants following her death.

Her family and friends have also raised £10,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service.

An investigation by mother did not find any faults with the motorbike or the road that could have contributed to the crash.

Assistant coroner Amy Street gave a conclusion of road traffic collision, and said: "for an unknown reason she braked heavily causing the motorcycle to pitch forward and turn upside down, throwing her from the vehicle."

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