(File image of riders on Mt Nebo)
A 61-year-old male rider has died in a plunge off Mt Nebo, Brisbane, yesterday morning (16 March 2020) and a rider has died in Victoria this morning in a crash with a van.
Queensland Police says their preliminary investigations indicate the rider “lost control” near Jolly’s Lookout on Mount Nebo Road about 11.30am.
The rider and his bike then fell down a steep embankment.
The Closeburn man was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam footage to contact police.
Quote this reference number: QP2000539964
Once again we take issue with the police use of the term “lost control”.
The unfortunate term suggests blame on the rider.
That is not necessarily the case.
He could have crashed due to a road hazard, stray animal or another road user.
Mt Nebo Rd is a popular Brisbane road with riders as well as cyclists and tourists.
Police should wait until crash investigations are complete in respect to the rider’s loved ones.
They don’t beed to use the term at all. Simply state that the rider crashed.
Otherwise, it could give the possibly incorrect impression to other road users that motorcyclists have a death wish.
Victorian Police say a male riders has died after a food delivery van turned across his path in Hastings about 4am today (17 March 2020).
They say the van was turning on to Hodgins Road from the Michelle Drive side street when the collision occurred.
The 21-year-old male driver of the van was arrested at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.
Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.