Nurse dies eight years after boyfriend’s tragic crash

A frontline coronavirus nurse has died after her motorbike flipped over, 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 motorcyle 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 ar around 6.30pm 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.

Chelsea Hobbs was inspired to become a nurse after her boyfriend died in a crash in 2012
Chelsea Hobbs was inspired to become a nurse after her boyfriend died in a crash in 2012
(Image: Chelsea Hobbs/Facebook)

Maggi O’Rawe-Hobbs, Chelsea’s mother, 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 added: “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.”

On the day the crash took place, Chelsea had gone out with friends to visit a café.

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.

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

Her family and friends have also raised £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.”

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

Frontline Covid nurse Chelsea Hobbs died in a motorbike crash in Bedfordshire. She was an experienced rider who enjoyed improving her skills at track days.
Frontline Covid nurse Chelsea Hobbs died in a motorbike crash in Bedfordshire. She was an experienced rider who enjoyed improving her skills at track days.
(Image: Chelsea Hobbs/Facebook)

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.”

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