28 May 2024

Motorcycle rider becomes ACT's fifth road fatality for 2024

| Albert McKnight
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A 55-year-old man has died on the ACT’s roads after a crash last week. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

A man has died in hospital after a crash on the ACT’s roads last week, marking the Territory’s fifth road fatality for 2024.

ACT Policing said officers arrived at a location near the intersection between Sulwood and Athllon Drives at around 7:30 am on 23 May due to a collision between a motorcycle and a red Mitsubishi.

Paramedics treated the motorcycle rider, a 55-year-old man from Torrens, before transporting him to hospital in a serious condition.

“Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, 25 May 2024,” a police spokesperson said.

“ACT Policing’s Major Collision Team is investigating the circumstances of the incident.”

The first death on the Territory’s roads for 2024 is alleged to have occurred when a 14-year-old was driving a stolen car, which contained a total of four people, before he crashed on the Barton Highway on 17 January.

Joshua Stewart, 19, died after he was pulled from the wreckage. The alleged driver remains before the courts.

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Tennis Canberra coach Alicia Celaya Jauregui was cycling on Lady Denman Drive on 20 March when she was hit by a grey-coloured BMW sedan and later died in hospital.

On 17 April, a Toyota Camry left the road and ended up on its roof in the middle of Adelaide Avenue in Yarralumla before a 15-year-old boy with critical injuries was found near the vehicle. He was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A 46-year-old male motorbike rider then died after a single-vehicle crash on Brindabella Road on 21 April.

On Saturday (25 May), police said they had been called to several multi-vehicle crashes on major roads over the prior week.

On 22 May, police went to two crashes on the Tuggeranong Parkway, one involving four vehicles and the other involving seven. A third collision involving three vehicles occurred a short time later, causing significant delays in both directions.

Next, on 23 May, there were two multi-vehicle collisions along Drakeford Drive and the Tuggeranong Parkway, in addition to the crash that killed the 55-year-old motorbike rider.

Police said there were three more collisions on the Tuggeranong Parkway near the National Arboretum on the evening of 24 May.

“Concerningly, there were two instances of high-range drink driving, with one driver returning a blood alcohol concentration of 0.153 on the Majura Parkway, Majura, and the second driver returning a blood alcohol concentration of 0.140 detected on Isabella Drive, Gowrie,” a police spokesperson said.

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Also, a 47-year-old man was issued with an immediate suspension notice, suspending his licence for 90 days, and had his vehicle seized after he was caught travelling at 137 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. He was fined $1841 and received a penalty of six demerit points.

“Unfortunately, we have seen several collisions on our roads this week and people have been seriously injured,” Superintendent of Road and Proactive Policing Brian Diplock said on Saturday.

“If you are getting behind the wheel, make sure you can clearly see where you’re going, pay attention to the road and leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you to allow you to stop in an emergency.

“Poor driving behaviour can have tragic consequences and the risks are multiplied if you’re speeding or driving impaired.”

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