Motorcyclist killed in Ridgeway crash

First published in News

A 39-YEAR-OLD man from Dorchester has died after his motorbike was in a head-on collision with a car on the Weymouth Relief Road.
The incident happened just before 10pm yesterday evening on the Ridgeway Hill.
The biker was riding towards Dorchester when his Kawasaki motorbike was in collision with a Renault Scenic occupied by a Weymouth couple.
Dorset Police said the biker sustained ‘fatal injuries’ and died at the scene.
The driver, a 52-year-old man and his front seat passenger, a 50-year-old woman, were pulled from the car by firefighters.
They sustained serious injuries and were taken to Dorset County Hospital.
The A354 Weymouth Relief Road was closed for more than five hours while Dorset Police did a detailed examination of the scene.
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to call Dorset Police on 101.

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8:54pm Sat 8 Sep 12

essexgreen says...

How lucky we are to have the Fire Brigade to do all the work at these incidents. I see that they 'pulled the injured passengers from the car' hope they carried out all the necessary checks before they pulled them out.

No mention of the Ambulance Service so I guess they never attended which is a pity because I thought this was the sort of incident they were supposed to attend.

Yours with tongue firmly in cheek
How lucky we are to have the Fire Brigade to do all the work at these incidents. I see that they 'pulled the injured passengers from the car' hope they carried out all the necessary checks before they pulled them out. No mention of the Ambulance Service so I guess they never attended which is a pity because I thought this was the sort of incident they were supposed to attend. Yours with tongue firmly in cheek essexgreen
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9:06pm Sat 8 Sep 12

pd7 says...

Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used
Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used pd7
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9:32pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Laadeeda says...

RIP. thoughts and sympathies to family and friends.
RIP. thoughts and sympathies to family and friends. Laadeeda
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11:22pm Sat 8 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

pd7
Which bit of the road was 'designed'?
I thought that, like Topsy, it just grew.
I feel sorry for those directly involved and for relatives and friends.
It will be interesting to eventually find out the facts behind the incident but why do the police take so long to investigate the incident with the consequent 5 hour road closure.
pd7 Which bit of the road was 'designed'? I thought that, like Topsy, it just grew. I feel sorry for those directly involved and for relatives and friends. It will be interesting to eventually find out the facts behind the incident but why do the police take so long to investigate the incident with the consequent 5 hour road closure. lostnfound
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11:15am Sun 9 Sep 12

whingebuster says...

It takes five hours to investigate because any death involved road traffic incident is treated as though it's a murder scene. This allows the necessary investigation to be completed. The question to be answered is: Who was on the wrong side of the solid white line? Regards to the families of those involved.
It takes five hours to investigate because any death involved road traffic incident is treated as though it's a murder scene. This allows the necessary investigation to be completed. The question to be answered is: Who was on the wrong side of the solid white line? Regards to the families of those involved. whingebuster
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2:56pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Mrs Grumps says...

essexgreen wrote:
How lucky we are to have the Fire Brigade to do all the work at these incidents. I see that they 'pulled the injured passengers from the car' hope they carried out all the necessary checks before they pulled them out.

No mention of the Ambulance Service so I guess they never attended which is a pity because I thought this was the sort of incident they were supposed to attend.

Yours with tongue firmly in cheek
How unkind you are, essexgreen! Someone has been killed in this accident. We don't know all the facts but someone will be grieving and this is not a time for 'tongue in cheek' comments.
[quote][p][bold]essexgreen[/bold] wrote: How lucky we are to have the Fire Brigade to do all the work at these incidents. I see that they 'pulled the injured passengers from the car' hope they carried out all the necessary checks before they pulled them out. No mention of the Ambulance Service so I guess they never attended which is a pity because I thought this was the sort of incident they were supposed to attend. Yours with tongue firmly in cheek[/p][/quote]How unkind you are, essexgreen! Someone has been killed in this accident. We don't know all the facts but someone will be grieving and this is not a time for 'tongue in cheek' comments. Mrs Grumps
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9:24pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Laadeeda says...

Whingebuster, it's treated as a crime scene NOT a murder scene.
Whingebuster, it's treated as a crime scene NOT a murder scene. Laadeeda
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9:18am Mon 10 Sep 12

stench says...

essexgreen wrote:
How lucky we are to have the Fire Brigade to do all the work at these incidents. I see that they 'pulled the injured passengers from the car' hope they carried out all the necessary checks before they pulled them out. No mention of the Ambulance Service so I guess they never attended which is a pity because I thought this was the sort of incident they were supposed to attend. Yours with tongue firmly in cheek
what a complete tool you are!
[quote][p][bold]essexgreen[/bold] wrote: How lucky we are to have the Fire Brigade to do all the work at these incidents. I see that they 'pulled the injured passengers from the car' hope they carried out all the necessary checks before they pulled them out. No mention of the Ambulance Service so I guess they never attended which is a pity because I thought this was the sort of incident they were supposed to attend. Yours with tongue firmly in cheek[/p][/quote]what a complete tool you are! stench
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10:23am Mon 10 Sep 12

annotator1 says...

Speaking as an aging motorcycle rider of some 45years experience, without a definate reason for this devastating accident/misjudgemen
t/error, all I can say is I feel for the family and friends of all who were hurt.
However, is it the fault of the biker going too fast and losing control of his machine or the fault of the car driver? We shall possibly never know.
All I wish to reitterate is that when riding a powerful machine, as I do, one must treat the roads and traffic with the respect that is required to make the journey safe and enjoyable.
Speaking as an aging motorcycle rider of some 45years experience, without a definate reason for this devastating accident/misjudgemen t/error, all I can say is I feel for the family and friends of all who were hurt. However, is it the fault of the biker going too fast and losing control of his machine or the fault of the car driver? We shall possibly never know. All I wish to reitterate is that when riding a powerful machine, as I do, one must treat the roads and traffic with the respect that is required to make the journey safe and enjoyable. annotator1
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10:53am Mon 10 Sep 12

scubadude says...

pd7 wrote:
Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used
Total Nonsense- irrespective of the road design any time there is a "head on accident" it can only be the fault/error or either of both drivers (or mechanical failure on either vehicle) No road can put people into a position of head on collision. Stupid to try and make something of the road (which IMO is fine) when there has a been a fatal accident and people are greaving, Echo should delete your post and close comments frankly.
[quote][p][bold]pd7[/bold] wrote: Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used[/p][/quote]Total Nonsense- irrespective of the road design any time there is a "head on accident" it can only be the fault/error or either of both drivers (or mechanical failure on either vehicle) No road can put people into a position of head on collision. Stupid to try and make something of the road (which IMO is fine) when there has a been a fatal accident and people are greaving, Echo should delete your post and close comments frankly. scubadude
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1:19pm Mon 10 Sep 12

PortlandYoof says...

scubadude wrote:
pd7 wrote:
Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used
Total Nonsense- irrespective of the road design any time there is a "head on accident" it can only be the fault/error or either of both drivers (or mechanical failure on either vehicle) No road can put people into a position of head on collision. Stupid to try and make something of the road (which IMO is fine) when there has a been a fatal accident and people are greaving, Echo should delete your post and close comments frankly.
"No road can put people into a position of head on collision"

Here, my friend. Let me introduce you to a little junction near ASDA in Weymouth..... :-)
[quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pd7[/bold] wrote: Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used[/p][/quote]Total Nonsense- irrespective of the road design any time there is a "head on accident" it can only be the fault/error or either of both drivers (or mechanical failure on either vehicle) No road can put people into a position of head on collision. Stupid to try and make something of the road (which IMO is fine) when there has a been a fatal accident and people are greaving, Echo should delete your post and close comments frankly.[/p][/quote]"No road can put people into a position of head on collision" Here, my friend. Let me introduce you to a little junction near ASDA in Weymouth..... :-) PortlandYoof
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3:03pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Dr Brendan Webster says...

This is tragic for families and those involved.

The Echo reports such collisions but we rarely see the result of the investigation and analysis of how it happened. That information could be very instructive and possibly help to prevent further tragedies.
This is tragic for families and those involved. The Echo reports such collisions but we rarely see the result of the investigation and analysis of how it happened. That information could be very instructive and possibly help to prevent further tragedies. Dr Brendan Webster
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3:07pm Mon 10 Sep 12

scubadude says...

PortlandYoof wrote:
scubadude wrote:
pd7 wrote:
Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used
Total Nonsense- irrespective of the road design any time there is a "head on accident" it can only be the fault/error or either of both drivers (or mechanical failure on either vehicle) No road can put people into a position of head on collision. Stupid to try and make something of the road (which IMO is fine) when there has a been a fatal accident and people are greaving, Echo should delete your post and close comments frankly.
"No road can put people into a position of head on collision"

Here, my friend. Let me introduce you to a little junction near ASDA in Weymouth..... :-)
No, it doesn't- if you drive legally.
[quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pd7[/bold] wrote: Weymouth Relief Road.one of the worst designed roads I have ever used[/p][/quote]Total Nonsense- irrespective of the road design any time there is a "head on accident" it can only be the fault/error or either of both drivers (or mechanical failure on either vehicle) No road can put people into a position of head on collision. Stupid to try and make something of the road (which IMO is fine) when there has a been a fatal accident and people are greaving, Echo should delete your post and close comments frankly.[/p][/quote]"No road can put people into a position of head on collision" Here, my friend. Let me introduce you to a little junction near ASDA in Weymouth..... :-)[/p][/quote]No, it doesn't- if you drive legally. scubadude
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3:56pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Iona says...

You are right about WRR, however, you are not right to say "no road can ... head on collision". Try the A37 starting from Monkey Jump roundabout where misjudgement of another car's speed alone can produce a head on.

Of course all single lane roads can produce head on crashes too.
You are right about WRR, however, you are not right to say "no road can ... head on collision". Try the A37 starting from Monkey Jump roundabout where misjudgement of another car's speed alone can produce a head on. Of course all single lane roads can produce head on crashes too. Iona
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7:08pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

Iona wrote:
You are right about WRR, however, you are not right to say "no road can ... head on collision". Try the A37 starting from Monkey Jump roundabout where misjudgement of another car's speed alone can produce a head on.

Of course all single lane roads can produce head on crashes too.
No single lane roads (or any roads) produce head on crashes. Either the driver is at fault or the vehicle is at fault (i.e power failure etc).
.
The road is just a benign, inanimate object- road designers are not in the business of designing dangerous roads- however, some people that drive on the roads are dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]Iona[/bold] wrote: You are right about WRR, however, you are not right to say "no road can ... head on collision". Try the A37 starting from Monkey Jump roundabout where misjudgement of another car's speed alone can produce a head on. Of course all single lane roads can produce head on crashes too.[/p][/quote]No single lane roads (or any roads) produce head on crashes. Either the driver is at fault or the vehicle is at fault (i.e power failure etc). . The road is just a benign, inanimate object- road designers are not in the business of designing dangerous roads- however, some people that drive on the roads are dangerous. Is it me or is everything rubbish?
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8:02am Tue 11 Sep 12

Bert Fry says...

annotator1 wrote:
Speaking as an aging motorcycle rider of some 45years experience, without a definate reason for this devastating accident/misjudgemen

t/error, all I can say is I feel for the family and friends of all who were hurt.
However, is it the fault of the biker going too fast and losing control of his machine or the fault of the car driver? We shall possibly never know.
All I wish to reitterate is that when riding a powerful machine, as I do, one must treat the roads and traffic with the respect that is required to make the journey safe and enjoyable.
Do as I do when riding my bike, treat all other road users as complete muppets, that way you're more prepared when they do something daft/dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]annotator1[/bold] wrote: Speaking as an aging motorcycle rider of some 45years experience, without a definate reason for this devastating accident/misjudgemen t/error, all I can say is I feel for the family and friends of all who were hurt. However, is it the fault of the biker going too fast and losing control of his machine or the fault of the car driver? We shall possibly never know. All I wish to reitterate is that when riding a powerful machine, as I do, one must treat the roads and traffic with the respect that is required to make the journey safe and enjoyable.[/p][/quote]Do as I do when riding my bike, treat all other road users as complete muppets, that way you're more prepared when they do something daft/dangerous. Bert Fry
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12:53pm Wed 12 Sep 12

Iona says...

Is it me or is everything rubbish? wrote:
Iona wrote: You are right about WRR, however, you are not right to say "no road can ... head on collision". Try the A37 starting from Monkey Jump roundabout where misjudgement of another car's speed alone can produce a head on. Of course all single lane roads can produce head on crashes too.
No single lane roads (or any roads) produce head on crashes. Either the driver is at fault or the vehicle is at fault (i.e power failure etc). . The road is just a benign, inanimate object- road designers are not in the business of designing dangerous roads- however, some people that drive on the roads are dangerous.
No, some roads have a worse accident record than others; therefore the design or nature of the road plays a part. I do agree that most crashes involve driver error for which they may well be culpable. The last stats I vaguely recall showed in the order of 98% driver error (most involving booze, drugs or excessive speed but also simple misjudgement or failure to observe (mobile phones are an increasing cause of lack of attention) and 1.5% mechanical failure of which about half the mechanical failures are due to poor maintenance plus 0.5% due to acts of god like flash floods, falling trees and road collapse)

We do need to consider road design with the stupid behaviour of motorists in mind.

I think we agree really - you are just a little more black vs white in outlook.
[quote][p][bold]Is it me or is everything rubbish?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iona[/bold] wrote: You are right about WRR, however, you are not right to say "no road can ... head on collision". Try the A37 starting from Monkey Jump roundabout where misjudgement of another car's speed alone can produce a head on. Of course all single lane roads can produce head on crashes too.[/p][/quote]No single lane roads (or any roads) produce head on crashes. Either the driver is at fault or the vehicle is at fault (i.e power failure etc). . The road is just a benign, inanimate object- road designers are not in the business of designing dangerous roads- however, some people that drive on the roads are dangerous.[/p][/quote]No, some roads have a worse accident record than others; therefore the design or nature of the road plays a part. I do agree that most crashes involve driver error for which they may well be culpable. The last stats I vaguely recall showed in the order of 98% driver error (most involving booze, drugs or excessive speed but also simple misjudgement or failure to observe (mobile phones are an increasing cause of lack of attention) and 1.5% mechanical failure of which about half the mechanical failures are due to poor maintenance plus 0.5% due to acts of god like flash floods, falling trees and road collapse) We do need to consider road design with the stupid behaviour of motorists in mind. I think we agree really - you are just a little more black vs white in outlook. Iona
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6:06pm Thu 13 Sep 12

JACKC says...

Why are you idiots arguing? A man has lost his life, regardless of how, why, who etc I'm sure the facts will be revealed eventually. Nevertheless this sad loss will affect many and your thoughts should be with them, and with the others involved in the accident.
Why are you idiots arguing? A man has lost his life, regardless of how, why, who etc I'm sure the facts will be revealed eventually. Nevertheless this sad loss will affect many and your thoughts should be with them, and with the others involved in the accident. JACKC
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