Queensland Police claim a Maryborough rider “causing excessive noise” has died in a motorcycle crash in the Queensland city after a short police pursuit on Saturday afternoon (30 May 2020).
They say the rider, Damian Lawton, a father of one who turned 26 last week, “allegedly evaded police, accelerating away at speed and travelled through a stop sign before colliding with a Holden Barina”.
Family member Brendon Marshall says the family still does not know all the details of the crash, “but wish we could have stopped him and told him a fine wasn’t worth dying for”.
“I presume Damian took off as he’d had years of issues with his car licence,” Brendon says.
“He’d been suspended for years at a time due to continuous driving fines.
“He had a tendency to do things back to front, so wouldn’t have had a bike licence. He has a beautiful little two-year-old daughter. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone.
“He was no saint but he all wanted was a bike and because I have a GSX he wanted one.
“Please think before you run and, to the police, think before you chase. It is not worth a death.”
About 1pm, police say they received reports about a motorcycle travelling around Dunn Street and Panorama Drive “causing excessive noise”.
A Road Policing Command motorcycle officer patrolling nearby attempted to intercept the Suzuki GSX750 near the corner of Neptune and Woodstock streets.
“The motorcycle allegedly evaded police, accelerating away at speed and travelled through a stop sign before colliding with a Holden Barina,” police say.
Damian was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.
The occupants of the Barina were not injured.
Forensic Crash Unit investigations continue.
The matter is being investigated by the Ethical Standards Command, with oversight from the Crime and Corruption Commission.