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Crash victim's widow ponders legal move

PUBLISHED: 09:30 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 14:37 14 July 2010

The widow of a Norfolk road racer is considering taking legal action over a horrific crash at the Isle of Man TT races which claimed the life of her husband and two spectators.

The widow of a Norfolk road racer is considering taking legal action over a horrific crash at the Isle of Man TT races which claimed the life of her husband and two spectators.

Motorcycle racer Marc Ramsbotham, 34, from Spooner Row, was taking part in the Senior race at the finale of the Centenary TT event in June last year when the crash happened at a point known as the 26th Milestone. The accident also claimed the lives of Dean Jacob, 33, of Kidderminster and Gregory John Kenzig, 52, of Australia.

At an inquest into the deaths earlier this year, island coroner Michael Moyle launched a blistering attack on the management and safety of the races and said that members of the public may be astonished “not only at the number of failings but the gravity of them”.

He added that there had been “considerable and wholesale failings in the system designed to ensure the safety of spectators was paramount”.

Last night Mr Ramsbotham's widow Sarah said she had approached a solicitor about the possibility of taking legal action over the accident.

“I am going to look into what the options are and am taking legal advice,” she said.

“I have approached a solicitor and will see what advice they give me before deciding what to do next.”

Mrs Ramsbotham has also criticised the TT organisers for the lack of help and information given to families affected by the tragedy.

At the end of the three-day inquest on the island in March, Mr Moyle condemned race officials, marshalls and the Department of Transport (DoT).

He said he was far from impressed with a considerable number of witnesses who gave evidence and added that if the prohibited area at the 26th Milestone had been properly marshalled and closed off spectators would not have been in that area and their lives would have been spared.

The inquest also heard from a marshal that a 2004 risk assessment document that marshals worked from had disappeared following the accident.

After the inquest, Adrian Earnshaw, head of the TT organising committee, said that following the accident the Isle of Man government had instigated a review into the policy and operating practices concerning prohibited and restricted areas which had resulted in notable changes to procedures.

The said the newly appointed race organiser ACU Events Ltd had carried out a comprehensive analysis of the TT course, resulting in further definition of restricted and prohibited areas.

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