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Young male rider dies in motorcycle crash

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A young male rider has died after his motorcycle crashed on the NSW Mid-North Coast overnight. (28 October 2019).

Police say the accident happened about 7.35pm in Wallace Street, Macksville.

They say the 23-year-old rider “lost control on a bend and was thrown from his bike”.

Sadly the young rider died at the scene.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

Officers attached to Mid North Coast Police District and NSW Ambulance paramedics attended.

A crime scene was established and officers have started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Single-vehicle crashes

We’ve previously expressed concerns about reports of “single-vehicle motorcycle crashes” and comments such as “rider lost control”.

Such reports are presumptuous as they are released prior to a proper accident investigation and a Coroner’s report.

However, Coroner reports can take some time and may not yield a conclusive result.

In the end, it gets written up as rider error or “speed”. But surely the cause should be “unknown”.

There are many other possible innocent explanations for “single-vehicle crashes” including mechanical failure, gravel, oil spill, stray livestock or wildlife, especially in rural areas.

None of these presumes the rider was at fault.