14 May 2018

Speed a factor in death of motorcyclist, police say

| Ian Bushnell
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Speed appears to have been a factor in the death of a 47-year-old motorcyclist who crashed his bike in Bonython last night (Sunday 13 May).

ACT Policing said that about 7:30 pm, police and the ACT Ambulance Service responded to a report of a single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle at Anketell Street and Athllon Drive.

Police said the man died at the scene as a result of injuries from the collision.

This is the fifth fatality on ACT roads this year, compared with last year’s total of four.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Officer In Charge Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said that while the accident was still under investigation it appeared the man had failed to negotiate the roundabout, struck it and come off his bike.

He appealed for all road users to slow down and be safe on the roads.

With this being the fourth vulnerable road user to die this year, Sergeant Boorman said such people did not have the protection as someone driving a motor vehicle and they needed to be even more careful on the roads.

“I’m a bit frustrated at this point, the messaging is not being listened. People need to understand that out on the roads you need to be responsible, not only to look out for yourself but everyone else. I plead with people to be careful on the roads. Five fatalities this year, not acceptable, extremely frustrated,” he said.

Sergeant Boorman said relatives had been informed.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website.


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