Queensland Police are seeking the driver of a silver or light blue sedan who may have witnessed a fatal motorcycle crash in Nathan Street, Brighton, Queensland, about 7.45pm on 18 April 2020. The motorcycle hit a power pole and the 49-year-old male rider died at the scene of the crash . His 36-year-old female pillion was transported to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A silver or light blue sedan was seen travelling in the area and may have witnessed the crash. Investigators do not believe the car was involved in the incident. Police are appealing to the car’s driver, or anyone else who was in the area or may have dashcam footage, to come forward. If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day. Quote this reference number: QP2000785065 within the online suspicious activity form. Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends and our best wishes to his pillion for a full and speedy recovery. Power poles and roadside hazards This follows a death in Townsville the previous week where a rider hit roadside tree. Roadside hazards such as trees, barriers and power poles are a particular danger for riders. A 2017 United Nations report recommends roadside hazards be removed as they are a proven cause of serious motorcycle crash injuries and deaths. The 108-page World Health Organisation “Powered two- and three-wheeler safety” report says a motorcycle crash with a fixed roadside hazard is 15 times more likely to be fatal than a crash on the ground with no physical contact with a fixed hazard. They also increase the severity of injuries in such crashes, it says. Another Australian and New Zealand study presented at the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference concluded that almost all roadside objects are hazardous to PTW users. Click here to find out why we publish motorcycle crash reports.