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Fatal in Franklin

By johnboy 17 March 2011 33

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A 32-year-old man has died as a result of a motor vehicle collision early this morning (Thursday, 17 March).

About 2.00am, ACT Policing were called to Henry Kendall Street, Franklin, in response to a report of a maroon Holden sedan crashed into a power pole. The male driver was transported to The Canberra Hospital with serious injuries and subsequently died.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) are currently investigating the cause of the collision.

This is the fourth fatality on Canberra roads for 2011.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or seen the vehicle around that time is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Gungahlin Al 11:40 am 20 Mar 11

ThisIsAName said :

georgesgenitals said :

He must have been absolutely flying to do that much damage. Check out how twisted the body is by comparing the positions of the wheels.

There’s several instances of speeding drivers/motorbike riders in Franklin. By speeding, I’m talking about the sort of speeds that result in the accident shown here. eg. The other day some moron bogan sped through a roundabout without even looking to the right. If I’d been 2 seconds faster, I’d have been T-boned.

There are also some insane motorcyle riders who cut through the suburb every few weeks. The engines can be heard streets away, given there are some serious revs going on. I saw a group of 3 a few weeks ago and they were certainly not doing 50ks on the residential streets. If any of those riders come off, it’ll be really messy.

It was much the same in Harrison while it was still under construction. It was a favourite venue during Summernats!

However I have concerns about Franklin quieting down over time. The problem is that Hoskins Street runs from the industrial area and into the suburb. Compounded by Nullarbor and Oodgeroo cutting east west through the suburb.

When the design of Franklin was first proposed I suggested that Hoskins not link through due to the potential for encouraging rat running between Mitchell and the town centre. The ACTPLA planners thought they knew better – all edumacated and all as they are. So now we are stuck with the problem…

Jethro 11:24 pm 19 Mar 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Gerry-Built said :

Mr Gillespie said :

What really matters is why the accident happened and why each time there is a fatal road accident the media beats the hell out of it anyway……

perhaps the reason the media beats the hell out of it is to wake people up, and learn from someone else’s stupid mistake….

Maybe, if it was a one-off, but the problem is repetition. Repeating the same thing over and over and over again over a long-term basis kinda numbs the audience into ignoring this (however well-intentioned) message, and thereby switching off. Know what I mean?

So… the reason you drive like an idiot and ignore road rules is because the media has desensitised you to road carnage? And not because you’re a thoughtless road user?

Mr Gillespie 5:53 pm 19 Mar 11

Gerry-Built said :

Mr Gillespie said :

What really matters is why the accident happened and why each time there is a fatal road accident the media beats the hell out of it anyway……

perhaps the reason the media beats the hell out of it is to wake people up, and learn from someone else’s stupid mistake….

Maybe, if it was a one-off, but the problem is repetition. Repeating the same thing over and over and over again over a long-term basis kinda numbs the audience into ignoring this (however well-intentioned) message, and thereby switching off. Know what I mean?

KB1971 4:23 pm 19 Mar 11

schmeah said :

Ah, a Stateman – the choice of vehicle for the new bogues. I haven’t seen a Statesman driven responsibly since 1998

I think you musat be right, I was road raged by a drongo in a Statesman last night while riding home.

BerraBoy68 11:48 am 19 Mar 11

niftydog said :

Another young family devastated by a moment of reckless behaviour.

I, for one, don’t believe it was as single moment. I suggest this person would have been acting recklessly on the road whenever he had the chance.

Do responsible and careful drivers ever just have a single brain-fart and say to themselves “aw, what the hell i’ll do it just this once….”. This just happens to be the occasion he became seriously unstuck.

Gerry-Built 9:48 pm 18 Mar 11

Mr Gillespie said :

What really matters is why the accident happened and why each time there is a fatal road accident the media beats the hell out of it anyway……

perhaps the reason the media beats the hell out of it is to wake people up, and learn from someone else’s stupid mistake…

Harryhighbrow 9:05 pm 18 Mar 11

schmeah said :

KB1971 said :

screaming banshee said :

Look, a maroon coloured white commodore!

Fail, its a Satesman.

Ah, a Stateman – the choice of vehicle for the new bogues. I haven’t seen a Statesman driven responsibly since 1998, my guess this guy was going at speed for no reason other than ego.

Wow, you must be really proud!!! To be able to use a tragedy to execute stereotypin

georgesgenitals 6:42 pm 18 Mar 11

Mr Gillespie said :

What really matters is why the accident happened and why each time there is a fatal road accident the media beats the hell out of it anyway……

The accident happened because the driver lost control of the car, likely by trying to attempt something that was beyond their skill.

Jethro 5:51 pm 18 Mar 11

Mr Gillespie said :

What really matters is why the accident happened and why each time there is a fatal road accident the media beats the hell out of it anyway……

1. It happened because some clowns have no respect for the road rules and drive like absolute muppets.

2. So, to add to your problem with the ACT having silly things like speed limits and other assorted road rules, you are now offended that the media reports it when people have fatal car accidents.

It’s like watching some strange Pavlovian dog that is triggered to react angrily whenever they feel that their right to be an a-hole is threatened.

p1 12:34 pm 18 Mar 11

troll-sniffer said :

As a taxpayer and ratepayer I want to know who will be held responsible for the damage to the pole. Just because the driver isn’t around to answer for his actions doesn’t mean that someone shouldn’t be held responsible for making good the community’s infrastructure.

I know they used to make you pay for it. I assume that is still the case. Just because you die, doesn’t let your insurance company off the hook. Although it would be pretty hard on they guys family if he wasn’t insured.

Snarky 12:33 pm 18 Mar 11

troll-sniffer said :

As a taxpayer and ratepayer I want to know who will be held responsible for the damage to the pole. Just because the driver isn’t around to answer for his actions doesn’t mean that someone shouldn’t be held responsible for making good the community’s infrastructure.

Quite agreed.

As noted above he has at least two children – these could usefully be sold to help recover the replacement cost of the pole and the mother perhaps leased out on a contract labour basis for a period of time to pay for a nice piece of public art to go round the base.*

* Note, these may not be serious suggestions. IANAL or accountant.

Mr Gillespie 12:19 pm 18 Mar 11

phil m said :

Hoooopefully next of kin have all been informed.
That’s a pretty recognisable vehicle for the photos to be on the net already.

There’s no point worrying about that.

What really matters is why the accident happened and why each time there is a fatal road accident the media beats the hell out of it anyway……

KB1971 11:50 am 18 Mar 11

troll-sniffer said :

As a taxpayer and ratepayer I want to know who will be held responsible for the damage to the pole. Just because the driver isn’t around to answer for his actions doesn’t mean that someone shouldn’t be held responsible for making good the community’s infrastructure.

Insurance?

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