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Motorised bicycle claims rider in Evatt

By johnboy - 23 September 2012 26

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident on Fitzhardinge Crescent, in Evatt, this evening (Saturday, September 22), in which a man appears to have fallen from his motorised bicycle and later died in hospital.

Police were called to the location around 6.42pm after ACT Ambulance Service officers had attended and were treating a 39-year-old man with serious head injuries.

The man was conveyed to hospital but later died.

The Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team have impounded the bike, which will be subject to examination.

Police urge any witnesses who may have seen the man riding the bike on Fitzhardinge Crescent or who have any information which could assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

(For the benefit of Rats reading I’ve checked and Two Humpz is fine)

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Motorised bicycle claims rider in Evatt
Conan of Cooma 11:45 am 24 Sep 12

Clown Killer said :

“Stupidity can be displayed in many forms. Such as doing something that would result in being smashed in the head for being an insensitive cock.”

Oooh … an Internet tough-guy. I’m pooing myself.

Get some perspective. When people get about on a bike and choose not to wear a helmet, they are choosing to risk their lives. This is not an unexpected outcome of that course of action. No sympathy from me here.

He didn’t threaten you, Mr. Charlotte Dawson, he inferred something quite accurate. I, for one, would love to see you show up at the chaps funeral and start quoting yourself.

KB1971 10:50 am 24 Sep 12

Innovation said :

My sympathies to the family. I have seen a lot of these (presumably) petrol powered bicycles around lately. Do they (and + 250 watt electric bicycles) have to meet the same (ADR?) standards as normal motorcycles (ie lights, indicators, high quality brakes, frame strength etc)? If so, wouldn’t it be better to introduce a new registered class of vehicle that has lower standards that are better suited to the vehicle?

Yes they do.

c_c 10:44 am 24 Sep 12

I do have a suspicion that were this the driver of a car not wearing a seat belt, there would be less sympathy than for a rider without a helmet. I do wonder why the two tend to get treated so differently.

Kath 9:55 am 24 Sep 12

My condolences to his friends and family.

The CT’s update today revealed that he was a one-armed man riding a motorised bike that wasn’t roadworthy at dusk with no lights on it at all. The lack of helmet was probably not the key issue. 🙁 So I guess he chose his freedom and happiness over law and safety, and cheers to him. Sounds like Canberra has lost an interesting character.

Truthiness 9:13 am 24 Sep 12

Cars are killing people like a plague, many of them from head injuries, is it stupid to drive a car without a helmet?

Clown Killer 7:59 am 24 Sep 12

“Stupidity can be displayed in many forms. Such as doing something that would result in being smashed in the head for being an insensitive cock.”

Oooh … an Internet tough-guy. I’m pooing myself.

Get some perspective. When people get about on a bike and choose not to wear a helmet, they are choosing to risk their lives. This is not an unexpected outcome of that course of action. No sympathy from me here.

PM 10:42 pm 23 Sep 12

Clown Killer said :

No Helmet. Not an accident then. Simply the consequence of stupidity.

Stupidity can be displayed in many forms. Such as doing something that would result in being smashed in the head for being an insensitive cock.

Clown Killer 8:56 pm 23 Sep 12

No Helmet. Not an accident then. Simply the consequence of stupidity.

mp2615 6:12 pm 23 Sep 12

Well, the electric motors are pretty quiet aren’t they ? I couldn’t say for sure but I thought it was petrol driven but that could have been chain noise. On the flat it looked better than 26 kph so going down fitz. st would have been at a decent clip. He had been riding for at least 90 mins and all looked to be under control each time he went past me.

Also my condolences to those affected by his death.

Innovation 6:10 pm 23 Sep 12

My sympathies to the family. I have seen a lot of these (presumably) petrol powered bicycles around lately. Do they (and + 250 watt electric bicycles) have to meet the same (ADR?) standards as normal motorcycles (ie lights, indicators, high quality brakes, frame strength etc)? If so, wouldn’t it be better to introduce a new registered class of vehicle that has lower standards that are better suited to the vehicle?

helium 5:36 pm 23 Sep 12

so what kind of motor that you could hear around the block ? 200 Watt electric is the max legal (now 250 ?). And how decent a speed ?, I recall 26 km/h is the max assist. I have seen some with crazy petrol driven ones that go pretty fast.

my condolences to the family and friends.

screaming banshee 5:30 pm 23 Sep 12

It would appear that from the moment his head hit the ground it was a toss of a coin between death or permanent disability. I’m inclined to say this was the better outcome for the public as we would have surely had to cover the cost of specialist care for the rest of his life had he only knocked the sense out of himself.

Who gives a shit about your hair-do or whatever other stupid reason people don’t wear helmets, they are there to make sure you don’t brain your damage.

JessP 4:20 pm 23 Sep 12

This is a very tragic situation. Condolences to the family and friends.

But 6.30 at night with no helmet? Very tragic.

steveu 11:52 am 23 Sep 12

No helmet I presume?
Im sorry to hear this, condolences to his family and friends.

mp2615 10:57 am 23 Sep 12

This is very sad. I was working out the front and saw this guy go past numerous times and heard the motor around the block. Decent speed, but no helmet. He didn’t appear to be doing any stunts or stupid stuff. Fairly quiet area so I don’t know if it was a mech. failure or if he got surprised by a car.

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