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Rider, 53, dies in tragic twist of fate crash

fate crash accident

A 53-year-old male rider has died in a tragic twist of fate involving two other vehicles on the New England Highway, south of Toowoomba, Queensland, about 1.40pm yesterday (25 February 2020).

Police say a utility was waiting to turn right into Opportunity Drive at Clifton when it was struck from behind by a station wagon.

The utility was propelled into the path of the rider heading north on the highway.

Sadly, the rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Police would like to take the opportunity to thank local and passer-by motorists who stopped to render assistance,” says Senior Constable, Tyson Morris.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends for their tragic loss.

Twist of fate

fate crash accident
Images Channel 7 Toowoomba

It was a cruel and terrible twist of fate that caused the rider’s death.

Crashes like this seem unavoidable for a rider.

Riders always can the road for hazards, but there seems little we can do in such an unforeseen situation.

The best advice is to treat all vehicles on the road as if they are out to get you.

Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam vision to please contact police.

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  1. I was taught years ago that while waiting to turn in that situation, your wheels should be still pointed straight ahead. Avoids this exact situation.
    However I suspect that nobody teaches this simple move anymore.
    The modern car and bike has too many distractions. My own new bike requires about 50 metres of distraction to make a simple check of systems. No more glancing, now we have to take eyes away and focus on a screen while operating buttons, crazy suicide.

    1. What? The poor bloke was on the open road, ute was waiting to turn onto road and a dumbass rear ended ute, pushing ute into path of motorcycle and it’s 53 year old rider. From what read the rider was at the right place but unfortunately the wrong time.
      Condolences to his family, another brother riding with angels.

    2. I agree with the wheels straight ahead, even more concerning these days, is vehicles actually turning in towards you before you’ve passed them!

      1. Yes. I wish there was a campaign telling drivers DON’T MOVE as a motorcyclist approaches. He has to assume you will keep coming and will therefore need to slow down and take evasive action. It disrupts everyone just because you felt the need to creep forward a few feet.

  2. I mentor learner drivers at PCYC and I tell them that,,,,I was told that back when I was learning and still pass it on….

  3. Another sad loss 🙁
    Makes me even more cautious with intersections & cars waiting to turn.
    ……treat them all, like they’re trying to kill you!

  4. So sad, these circumstances change so many lives, R I P Rider & condolences to the ones left behind to try & make sense of what has happened.

  5. Sorry Peter, have another read of these tragic circumstances… The Ute was pushed into the main road from a side road.. It would not matter where the Utes wheel were pointing, it was pushed forward…. Very sorry to read of this accident…. Condolences to all closely involved…..

  6. “…there seems little we can do in such an unforeseen situation”

    There’s always something you can do and out of respect for this poor chap we should all learn from it. Assume everybody waiting to turn across you may suddenly do so without warning. Even if the ute hadn’t got shunted from behind it still might have suddenly moved if the driver’s foot slipped off the brake or a wasp flew in his window or a spider started ran up his leg or….. and as has been pointed out, when their wheels are already turned, that needs to elevate you to an even higher level of caution. My standard strategy as I approach this sort of situation is (a) check my mirror in case I want to brake suddenly, (b) slow down a bit and (c) if possible, go wide…ie move towards the left a little to give me more buffer. The last bit is not always possible if there’s also a car at the stop/give way sign as well… moving left would put me too close to him. In that scenario where I can see I’m going to be ‘running the gauntlet’ between both cars I really do slow down significantly. As Peter Wherret used to say ‘it’s always better to crash slow than fast”.

  7. I think that GEEPERS advice is worth mentioning even if it does not exactly fit the situation. Any tragic unexpected fatality is cause for people to re-establish their method to avoid a similar situation.
    Motorcycle riding is dangerous not only because of rider abilities or another persons actions but by the fact there is limited protection.
    I have no intention to stop my riding be it Street or track, it’s so much a part of my life.
    The only thing I would add to Geepers advice is to always look for an escape path. I have avoided an accident where my side of the road is blocked by going onto the other side of the road and stopping on the opposite side of the road that I was headed.
    If you constantly look for the alternatives you simply have greater chances to avoid getting injured. I would rather pay a fine for riding on the wrong side of the road if it meant not being in an accident.

  8. Yes – my sphincter valve tighten’s every time I find myself in a similar situation…… any vehicle turning off a 100kph ‘highway’ where there is no dedicated turning lane is in a high risk situation ….. many times I’ve watched doco’s where police forensically investigate scenes like this…… these intersections need to be widened & remarked so that turning vehicles (with wheels still straight ahead of course!) can wait ‘out of the main traffic flow’…….. maybe the conditions played a bigger factor in the station sedan’s driver not ‘seeing’ the stopped ute (or was it simply negligence?)….. were the ute’s tail lights clean and bright? Brake lights actually on? Indicators? Was the ute a dirty colour or hard to see in the light conditions at that time of day? I see death traps everyday – blending in with the grass or the road surface, dull ineffectual lights, harsh sun light at certain angles…… but drivers are supposed to drive to these conditions…… though no one wants to slow down a bit as the following traffic will abuse you if you do.

    I think the rider would have been totally surprised by this one…… if he saw the station wagon behind the ute, he most likely would have assumed it was going to pass on the left of the stationary ute….. then ‘fk-bang’……… g’day St Pete, what are you doing here in Clifton mate?……. oh, I see….. shit who’s gonna help with my kids……

    Makes me shudder to think how many times I’ve been in a similar position (slowing and covering my options, but still 100% exposed to the same possibility)…… my sphincter muscle gets stronger each ride…..

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