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Post by kitcarman » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:10 am

Not a happy subject but one I wanted to share, to remind us life is precious and to take care on the roads. On Sunday my wife was driving down a country road, was overtaken by a car driving erratically who overtook several others dangerously. She remembers thinking "well there's an accident waiting to happen" and sure enough, went round a bend less than a minute later to find the car had hit another head on the wrong side of the road. A few other cars had stopped ... turns out he'd been overtaking on a blind bend and, voila, head on crash. Both drivers dazed and a bit bloodied. So wife got out the warning triangles and put one at each end but when she was returning to her car she saw what she thought were two mannequins thrown in a ditch, about 30-40 feet away....yes, rider and passenger ... turns out the driver had hit the bike straight on AND the car behind him. Passenger was moaning but rider was still so she attended him and called someone to stay with the passenger and talk to her. She didn't remove his helmet - remembers that from biker days - and tried to stem bleeding from his groin. He died a few minutes later in her arms .... she stayed with him though right until pompiers arrived ten minutes later. She's still very upset, asking what she might have been able to do to save him, if only ...... The passenger died an hour later in hospital. Turns out the driver was late back from lunch and speeding to get back to work so was driving like an idiot. Gendarmes have taken her statement. So, guys, be safe out there .... we all ride responsibly but you never know what idiot decides he's going to place race driver and change lives in a second. Take care guys



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Post by ChrisD » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:14 am

A very sad tale and a reminder of our vulnerability no matter how well we ride.
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Post by JoeRocket » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:30 am

Awful tale, we hear far too many like this.

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Post by wizzard » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:31 am

Yes, a sad tale, and horrendous to be there to witness. I live next to a blind bend and I'm shocked to see how often people overtake without knowing whats ahead, often the big log lorries which are doing aroound 90 kph anyway. Why do so many people think it will never happen to them?
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Post by Glynmo » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:54 am

Too sad for words. Hope your wife gets over the trauma soon, and hope the mad driver gets the book thrown at him.
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Post by richard36 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:36 am

Thanks for sharing this Kitcarman, it's very sad reminder of the results of really bad driving and the vulnerability of bikes.
Thank your wife from me and others here on this forum, giving first aid to a dying person is not something she'll be able to forget easily and she did well to keep cool and deal with the situation after the shock of being faced with that. There's nothing she could have done with an impact like that.
If, or hopefully when, there is a court case, your wife may need to give evidence - if she does, that will be another big act of public spiritedness on her behalf towards the families of the people who lost their lives. Maybe that will give her a bit of closure.

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Post by wizzard » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:49 am

My first nightshift in the fire brigade (as a teenager) I had an RTA like that - a car , not a bike - and it haunted me for a very long time.
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Post by Dragon » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:19 pm

Thanks for sharing that, you should be proud of your wife for trying.........a very sad tale indeed, ......were they E
nglish or French riders by the way ??
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Post by kitcarman » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:42 pm

French riders, from Paris ... came down this way for a holiday. Wife has just been to the gendarmerie who have several witnesses to show that the car driver was reckless. She may be called to give evidence and is looking forward to it, hopes she can help to put this bastard behind bars for a long time.

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Post by papasmurf » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:51 pm

kitcarman wrote:
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:42 pm
French riders, from Paris ... came down this way for a holiday. Wife has just been to the gendarmerie who have several witnesses to show that the car driver was reckless. She may be called to give evidence and is looking forward to it, hopes she can help to put this bastard behind bars for a long time.
It sound to me as if the biker who died had a cut to the femoral artery. Unless you happen to be VERY experienced at first aid and can get to the wound easily there is basically bugger all that can be done. (Even then it is touch and go.)

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