Woman dies as bike crashes into tree

2011-12-24 11:56

Bloemfontein - A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured when their motorbike crashed onto a tree in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning, paramedics said.

The motorbike veered off General Dan Pienaar Drive and struck the tree at a high speed, Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

"The force of impact saw both the rider and his passenger thrown from the seat," said Wicks.

Paramedics arrived to find the two lying near the crumpled remains of the motorbike.

The critically injured woman passenger died at the scene.

The rider sustained serious head and spinal trauma. He was stabilised and the scene and taken to the Pelonomi Hospital for further medical care.

  • quentin.malga - 2011-12-24 12:43

    "The force of impact saw both the rider and his passenger thrown from the seat," And this comment??? you drop the bike at low speed and you will be thrown from the seat. RIP unknown lady pillion and stongs to the rider, wishing you a full recovery.

      Geraldv - 2011-12-24 23:03

      What are stongs?

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-12-24 12:44

    Thoughts and prayers 2 family and friends left behind. Hope the Biker recovers ok.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-24 12:56

      while the family mourns,we have some clever people correcting spelling

      Jeffrey - 2011-12-24 13:21

      @gcshrimpton Doesn't sound too promising for him if he has serious head and spinal injuries.

      Geronimo - 2011-12-24 13:51

      @jowza - do you not believe in maintaining high standards?

  • Zion - 2011-12-24 13:52

    The article put the cause of the accident down to high speed. Since there is no way to verify or debunk the statement it muwst be taken at face value. In my personal opinion that is the closest to the truth that will be attained because Bikers are not always as competent as they want us to believe. I am experiencing this very same disease in my neighbourhood and have to ask myself every evening: Will the cops be raking up the human bits and pieces again tonight?

      Jack - 2011-12-24 14:13

      Agreed, around 90% of all bikers break the speed limit. Metro cops also recently caught a group of riders with number plate switch mechanisms..

      Phoenix - 2011-12-24 15:41

      Nearly 100% of car drivers break the speed limit. Have you tried to drive at 60 in a 60 zone and see what happens? Having said that - 'high speed' does not mean that they were exceeding the speed limit. Crashing at 60km/h on a bike is the equivalent of falling off a 4 storey building.

      Lara - 2011-12-24 18:12

      Speed kills and that is a fact. If you lost control and arrived at the tree a few seconds later you would have had a better chance.

      Jack - 2011-12-24 18:16

      @Atheitis & very true.

      Shawn - 2011-12-24 22:13

      Please must be remembered..... speed does NOT kill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It is the stopping very suddenly that does!

      Zion - 2011-12-24 22:22

      Phoenix, The problem will not go away when you start to twist the words. High speed definitely means higher than the speed limit in a particular zone and very much greater than 60KM/H. And yes one can ride at less than 60KM/H with a bit of practice even though it may be rather onerous.

  • Piston - 2011-12-24 15:37

    ai ai...RIP brother & sister

  • Willem - 2011-12-24 17:57

    How many car accidents, opposed to a bike accident? Unfortunately accidents happen. I read a USA study on speed. Apparently in the states 12% of accidents happen because speeds were above the speedlimit. But there is a problem, 12% of road deaths occur at speeds lower than 50 km/h. So it looks as if the only speed where people are not going to kill themselves is 0 Km/h. I ride a bike. I get harrased by Cops. Because like speed motorcyclist is bad, the public has this perception. Speed kills and motorcyclist are bad people. It is printed in the bad drivers of cars brains because car drivers don't think to much about driving and other road users.

      Gail - 2011-12-25 12:09

      I think that one of the reasons car drives despise bike drivers is that because they are half the width of a car but have the same kind of power, they are able to zoom between stationery or slow moving cars and get to their destinations on time. I think that there is also a perception that bikers are from a lower class of people who can't afford cars like BMW's and Toyota's and Mercs and it irks these car drivers that the bike drivers can rub their noses in it in terms of manouverability. While there may be some truth in some bikers not being able to afford a car, many of the big bikes are the last word in luxury and the drivers own cars as well but if in a hurry or feeling like letting their hair blow free as it were a bike is almost intoxicating to drive. Those who moan about bikers are not bike owners and are maybe secretly jealous of them. Bike or car though, even at the speed limit of 120, you are going to inflict some serious damage or end in a mortuary if you hit a large stationary object.RIP to the pillion rider.

  • des.maartens - 2011-12-24 19:03

    Please stick to the point of the story without sarcasm. Yes AA and BEE has not been implemented or "policed" properly.

  • James - 2011-12-24 20:50

    Most bike fatalities in the US result of car turning left.Speed kills??? Why is the Autobahnen, no speed limit safer than 95 south in the US??? 45Mph is unsafe on ICY ROAD

  • NickvanderLeek - 2011-12-25 00:34

    anyone know exactly where this happened? I drove up and down both sides of Gen Dan Pienaar and no tree looked bent out of shape. Then again, a tyre brushing by a tree, or a glancing blow can do virtually no damage to a tree. A neighbour bragged recently about her bf getting her from Bloem to Kimberley town centre (180km away) in 20 minutes. besides the fact that she seems to have stretched the truth, she seemed quite proud of herself. well, this woman in this story will never experience another Christmas, and if this dude survives, I wonder if he is going to be saying, "Well, it was worth it." I doubt it.

  • theuns.esterhuysen - 2011-12-25 09:54

    Those idiots who have negative comments on this tragedy and obviously has never ridden a motorcycle, should get a life. You do not know the difference between a bicycle and a motorcycle. Get back on your trike. It is people like you who causes bikers to speed. To get out of the way of inconsiderate oupas and oumas like you.

      Gail - 2011-12-25 12:23

      Hey, I could be an ouma but once upon a time I was pillion on a bike so don't generalise about those who now drive cars getting in your way being driven by oumas or oupa's. Sure some drivers do drive like they bought the road and can snail along and frustrate the living cr-p out of anyone behind them but not all of them are ouma's or oupa's. Some of them are poor and driving slowly saves their precious petrol and also often the road construction in terms of off ramps are irrational and make these people nervous about getting into the right lane to take their turn because drivers who are using the fast lane won't let them in. I get hooted at in parking lots because I want to leave and have indicated that I am intending to exit and cars will not stop. Occasionally I am half out of a parking and am hooted at by some young person in a 4 X 4 trying to get past or forcing their way past me. I give them the finger sometimes too. There is no consideration shown by anyone to anyone anymore. Even taking a gap across traffic knowing that my car can get through timeously I've been hooted at. Stuff the person who hoots - you didn't even have to slow down so what's your problem?

  • Michael - 2011-12-25 11:50

    Any death is sad for someone. How doubly tragic for this to happen at a time when life and hope are being celebrated. RIP lady passenger and sterkte to the ones left behind

  • Deon - 2012-01-02 20:14

    Speed does not kill, it is the impact that kills you. You can stand still and fall off the bike and you can kill yourself striking the pavement.

      stemindiebos - 2012-04-19 17:52

      One of the previous commetors said it is the sudden stop that causes. What a lot of nonsens the higher the speed the more sudden the stop and then you see how fragile the human boddy is. Why do they put air bags in cars and design crumble section in to the body of the car? To mahe the sudden stop less painfull!

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