Motorbiker dies in dawn accident near Malmesbury

Police investigation markers at the scene of the accident yesterday morning

Police investigation markers at the scene of the accident yesterday morning

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A 29-year-old biker was killed yesterday after being thrown from his motorcycle on the A429 towards Malmesbury.

The man, from the Maidenhead area, in Berkshire, came off on the left hand side of the road near the junction with Grange Lane just north of Corston, at around 5am.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the mortuary at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.

The road was closed until 11.45am, causing tailbacks along the M4, while police conducted an investigation and removed debris.

PC Chris Penny from the Roads Policing Unit is leading the investigation.

He said: “At around 5.12am a black and orange Honda 600cc motorbike came off the road on the nearside.

“The rider was thrown from the vehicle and received fatal injuries. We have spoken to witnesses at the scene and are keen to hear from anyone else.”

He said the cause of the crash is unknown but road conditions were damp at the time of the incident.

The death comes 16 months after charity fundraiser Mary Howard died in a crash further down the A429 near Hullavington.

Wiltshire councillor for Malmesbury Without, Bernard Ingham, said the road, which has a 60mph speed limit between Corston and Malmesbury, is treacherous.

He said: “It can be pretty dicey coming out of the Grange Lane junction because traffic comes up pretty fast from the south.

“The problem is the road isn’t wide enough.

“If you have two lorries passing each other you can hardly slip a piece of paper between them.

“If that happens when a cyclist is there then they would be taken out.”

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8:46am Fri 26 Mar 10

Inmyopinion... says...

This is a tragic accident and not the first at this spot. My wife witnessed a biker getting flung into the adjacent field not so long ago - he was fortunate to survive. We live close by and experience difficulties turning in and out of our driveway on a regular basis. The road has long bends with blind spots however amazingly the council want to raise the 40 mile an hour speed limit that starts yards from this accident. Shame on you Wiltshire Council...
This is a tragic accident and not the first at this spot. My wife witnessed a biker getting flung into the adjacent field not so long ago - he was fortunate to survive. We live close by and experience difficulties turning in and out of our driveway on a regular basis. The road has long bends with blind spots however amazingly the council want to raise the 40 mile an hour speed limit that starts yards from this accident. Shame on you Wiltshire Council... Inmyopinion...
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1:23pm Fri 26 Mar 10

bec.n says...

Rest in Peace, Ricky. still havin trouble believing your gone.
**** we all miss you loads. ****
wish i hadn't of seen that pic above :(
Rest in Peace, Ricky. still havin trouble believing your gone. **** we all miss you loads. **** wish i hadn't of seen that pic above :( bec.n
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5:31pm Fri 26 Mar 10

anon emouse says...

Inmyopinion... wrote:
This is a tragic accident and not the first at this spot. My wife witnessed a biker getting flung into the adjacent field not so long ago - he was fortunate to survive. We live close by and experience difficulties turning in and out of our driveway on a regular basis. The road has long bends with blind spots however amazingly the council want to raise the 40 mile an hour speed limit that starts yards from this accident. Shame on you Wiltshire Council...
Why does everyone blame the roads. Wiltshire is a rural place with bendy twisty country roads.

Anyone considered driver error or factors beyond their control?

Why does everyone suddenly have an opinion on a specific road once someone has an unfortunate accident. Wasn’t it the Sherston road was dangerous a few months back after an article on the young lad who crashed his car and died?

If you want straight roads move to America or Milton Keynes. Other wise leave the roads alone and accept some people make mistakes.

Bec,n

Sorry for the loss of your friend
[quote][p][bold]Inmyopinion...[/bold] wrote: This is a tragic accident and not the first at this spot. My wife witnessed a biker getting flung into the adjacent field not so long ago - he was fortunate to survive. We live close by and experience difficulties turning in and out of our driveway on a regular basis. The road has long bends with blind spots however amazingly the council want to raise the 40 mile an hour speed limit that starts yards from this accident. Shame on you Wiltshire Council...[/p][/quote]Why does everyone blame the roads. Wiltshire is a rural place with bendy twisty country roads. Anyone considered driver error or factors beyond their control? Why does everyone suddenly have an opinion on a specific road once someone has an unfortunate accident. Wasn’t it the Sherston road was dangerous a few months back after an article on the young lad who crashed his car and died? If you want straight roads move to America or Milton Keynes. Other wise leave the roads alone and accept some people make mistakes. Bec,n Sorry for the loss of your friend anon emouse
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9:24pm Fri 26 Mar 10

Local Bloke says...

Having lost a good mate recently in a crash, I send heartfelt condolences to the family, however to argue the point raised above by inmyopinion, it is not the roads that are to blame. I'll leave it there....
RIP fellow biker. Ride on forever.
Having lost a good mate recently in a crash, I send heartfelt condolences to the family, however to argue the point raised above by inmyopinion, it is not the roads that are to blame. I'll leave it there.... RIP fellow biker. Ride on forever. Local Bloke
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