A 33-year-old male rider has died in Townsville Hospital after a collision with Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill’s Commodore yesterday (30 January 2020).
Scene of the accident (Google Maps)
Queensland Police say their preliminary investigations indicate the car was turning right into Alfred Street when it collided with the Suzuki motorcycle travelling south along Nathan Street.
Mayor’s car heading north, turning right and motorcycle heading south (Google Maps)
Witnesses, including an off-duty doctor, rendered first aid to the rider before he was transported to Townsville Hospital where he was declared deceased.
Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.
The 59-year-old Mayor was not physically injured, but is now being treated for shock.
Officers from the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing investigations.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, or has dashcam footage, is urged to contact police.
Quote this reference number: QP2000208487
Townsville Council released a statement confirming the Mayor’s involvement in the accident.
“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragedy,” it says.
“We understand that the Mayor is currently being treated for shock.
“No further statement will be made at this time.
“We respectfully ask that all parties involved are given privacy at this time.”
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.