A 43-year-old rider has passed away in hospital overnight after being involved in a collision with a ute at a Kingaroy intersection yesterday (23 May 2019).
Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations indicate that the rider was heading east on Haly St about 1.50pm when his bike collided with the passenger side of a Ford utility turning from Glendon St.
The rider was thrown from the motorcycle on to the road.
A staff member of the Commercial Hotel on the corner says the ambulance “worked on the rider for some time”.
He was taken to Kingaroy Hospital before being airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away last night.
“There was damage to the passenger side door,” the hotel staffer says.
The ute’s driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.
Kingaroy Police say “no charges have been laid at this time”.
The crash occurred in a 50km/h area and Kingaroy Police say “speed may have been a contributing factor” but would not say which vehicle was speeding.
Police have not yet released the names of the rider or driver.
The Commercial Hotel worker says the rider and 62-year-old man driving the ute were both locals, but she did not know their names.
Investigations are continuing.
Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.
So far this year 15 riders and pillions have died on Queensland roads. That is the same number as last year and about 50% down on the three previous years.
Two out of every three accidents (66.7%) occur at intersections, according to the 2017 US Motorcycle Crash Causation Study.
Most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles occur when the other vehicle is turning across their path.
The result can be lethal as the rider hits the car in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.