A 54-year-old female rider has died after being hit by a car allegedly turning on to the Kennedy Highway from Malone Road, Mareeba, through a stop sign about 8am today (2 December 2019).
Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal traffic crash, but the Google Maps image above shows a stop sign at the end of Malone Rd.
The female rider was taken to Mareeba Hospital in a critical condition where she later died.
Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.
The 63-year-old female driver of the car suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.
The Kennedy Highway will be closed later today to allow officers from the Forensic Crash Unit to continue investigations.
There is no word yet from police on any charges. We also don’t know whether the rider was turning or indicating.
Motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling through the area and to allow extra travel time.
Ride like you’re invisible
The accident is a sobering reminder that we can be in the right and still be dead.
We have to ride as if no other motorist can see us. Asa if we are invisible.
It can be worse than Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You … it can be a case of Sorry Mate I Forgot I Saw You.
The phenomenon was discovered in a University of Nottingham study into crashes where drivers failed to give way to motorcycles.
Basically they say drivers see riders, but their short-term memory forgets.
The result is they pull out in front of the rider, resulting in a crash, often with dire consequences for the rider.
The uni researchers said drivers are five times more likely to forget seeing a motorcycle than a car.