Biker dies in North West crash

2011-12-19 20:41

Johannesburg - A man was killed on Monday when his motorcycle collided with a car in Potchefstroom, North West paramedics said.

"The 26-year-old man, who was on the motorbike, had been flung several metres and had sustained extensive injuries after crashing over the car's bonnet, into the windscreen and landing on the road," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Three occupants in the car suffered minor injuries, she said.

  • Pierre - 2011-12-19 21:49

    Just another example of biker driving typically recklessly. I feel really sorry for the occupants of the car who are now traumatised and injured. when is that stupid yellow sticker campaign going to do something about most biker who drive like idiots??

      Waldo - 2011-12-20 00:30

      The story you failed to hear is that the women driving the car didn't look before entering traffic. How would you feel if it were your twin brother and this happened right in front of you!

      Natasha - 2011-12-20 10:28

      Its people like you that do not respect bikers. I bet you want your fellow vehicle drivers to respect you. I have seen with my own eyes how some people will not even give way for a bike behind them by purely being spiteful. May God look after us all on the roads and make people think twice with your mindset before judging a biker...

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2011-12-20 00:17

    how do any of you know if the rider was speeding, being reckless etc.there are good riders and bad riders,just as there are good and bad drivers!!!

  • Michael Van Jaarsveldt - 2011-12-20 00:52

    @pierre, you can only be one of those knob head car drivers that have no idea whats happening on the roads around you. You are so far up your own ass!

  • MaxOdin.SA - 2011-12-20 01:06

    Firstly let me once again say that the attitude towards bikers is rediculous on this forum. I bike, I obey speed limits wear all gear all the time, don't pop wheelies and pull stoppies and irresponsible things like that. Yet, i have had more near death experiences on a bike than in a car. Why is that? pierre? I ask YOU why??? From people cutting into my lane to being tailgated by a bmw around a very dangerous bend during traffic where the speed limit is 50 and i was doing 50 and was forced off the road. And don't give me crap about people can't see me, my bike is as long as a car is bright and shiny and is louder than a ten ton truck. People always assume it's the biker who is reckless. Do you stop at every stop street pierre? Do you speed up to make it before the traffic light goes red pierre? Do you indicate everytime pierre? even in traffic pierre? Do you do your k53 observations all the time pierre? mirror blindspot mirror indicate mirror blindspot mirror change lanes. Or are you a typical reckless motortist who flouts the law at a whim becasue it doesn't suit him pierre? And then points the finger at the biker when he has an accident saying they are immediately responsible. There is a unique freedom that comes along with biking that every person should try at least once but with attitudes like yours i can see why more people don't.

  • MaxOdin.SA - 2011-12-20 01:19

    Here is the truth about biking It saves time, personally cuts my commute by 50% It saves money, I personally save more than R1000.00 a month on petrol One more bike intraffic = one less car i.e. on less person for you to contend with. less carbon emissions = saving the planet Leather jackets and helmets are hot so before you gripe about bikers riding the lines in slow moving traffic sit back relax and enjoy your air con while we nearly faint in 30deg plus weather sitting behind you in traffic. You would in any case just b1tch saying why must there be a bike infront of me in traffic they're taking up space. Remember we HAVE to wear leathers for protection, you have airbags and pillars and posts and seatbelts etc. Biking isn't always a fun, adrenaline ride sometimes it sucks like in wet weather where we have only two wheels on the road as apposed to your four. We are extra-vigialent where you guys speed anyway. There are many a time I get off my bike with a headache just from the stress of riding and having to concentrate thinking for your kind on the road. That however is a small price to pay for the few times that riding actually is fun and enjoyable. Maybe you should try it someday. Go for a testride at harley or kawa or suzuki and see. Maybe if every south african tried it we would have a greater respect for those who bike.

  • Van - 2011-12-20 01:38

    Non bikers don't think. In 90% off all bike accidents it is the driver of the car that is at fault and they usually get off with a slap on the wrist.

  • Daniel Van Wyk - 2011-12-20 07:16

    @Pierre, the main reason for this accident is the car, if the driver just applied to the rules of the road and never made a u-turn, our friend would still have been alive today! Next time rather keep your comments for yourself!

  • Diane - 2011-12-24 05:35

    I have no idea what happened in this accident, but am totally amazed there are not more bikers killed on the N12 between Klerksdorp / Potch road. They take off from the last lights in Klerkdorp and literally fly off into the distance. The speed limit is totally disregarded as it applies to cars and trucks only. While there may be bikers who obey the speed limit, they are very few and far between. Low level flying is the norm on this road on the weekend. Condolences to the family of the youngster killed. Do hope the flyers on that road will take note. It could so easily be them, often with a passenger, next.

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