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Police find body of crashed motorcyclist in Dubbo

NSW Police have discovered the body of a young male rider who crashed in Dubbo overnight.

Police say officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District were travelling along Cobbora Road near Myall S treet, Dubbo, about 5am today (3 August 2019) when they found the crashed motorcycle and rider.

Myall Street, Dubbo crash
Myall Street, Dubbo (Image: Google Maps)

They believe the motorcycle “left the road and crashed into a fence”.

The man, believed to be a 24-year-old, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends who have not yet been contacted.

A crime scene has been established and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash has commenced.

A Coroner’s report will be prepared.

The Golden Highway between Myall Street and White Street currently remains closed. Please check www.livetraffic.com before travelling.

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

Crash stats

It would be wrong to assume this is a single-vehicle accident. Since it occurred in suburban Dubbo, it could have involved another vehicle or a stray pet.

Statistics show that more motorcycle fatalities are in multi-vehicle crashes. And in half of those the rider was not at fault.

Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce says he fears police assumed crashed riders are guilty until proven innocent.

“I think there is a view that riders are more likely to be at fault in accidents involving motorcycles and that speed is the common factor,” Steve says.

“We see this in single-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, where the rider is automatically deemed to be at fault.

“This ignores factors such as road condition, line markings, recent roadworks, lack of signage.”

Any claims that such incidents are single-vehicle crashes can confirm in the minds of the public that riders have a death wish and do not deserve their respect and consideration.

These are dangerous assertions that jeopardise the safety of all riders.

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