A 22-year-old rider and a 72-year-old rider have died in separate crashes in Queensland and NSW yesterday afternoon and police are keen to speak to riders in the area at the time.
NSW Police are interested in speaking to about five motorcyclists who were in the vicinity a crash near Mudgeee about 3pm yesterday.
The say a 72-year-old male motorcyclist was found by the side of Bylong Valley Way, Growee, east of Mudgee, after coming off his bike and hitting boulders.
He had suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Westmead Hospital, where he died shortly after 6pm.
Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District are investigating the incident and are keen to speak to other riders in the area at the time.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
In a separate incident, Queensland police say a 22-year-old local man died after he “lost control” and crashed his motorcycle on Smiths Crossing Road, Bucca, 20km west of Bundaberg around 1pm.
Emergency Services attended however the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing with officers appealing for anyone with any information to contact them (details below).
If an approaching vehicle has its indicators on, assume they may turn without giving way to you and look for movement of the wheels and the driver’s head turning;
Be suspicious of all vehicles coming out of side streets (left or right) and again check their wheels and the driver’s head to see if they have seen you;
Treat any vehicle that pulls over as a possible u-turn or at least that they will suddenly open their door and step out in front of you; and
If the vehicle in front suddenly slows, don’t take the opportunity to pass them. Be cautious that they could be about to make a turn, even if they haven’t indicated.
How to avoid SMIDSY crashes
In all the above four situations, slow down and be prepared to take some sort of evasive action, looking for a possible escape route.
If the driver is on a side street or oncoming, try to make eye contact with them.
Make yourself seen by moving in your lane.
You can also alert drivers to your presence by blowing your horn or flashing your lights, although these may be illegal in some jurisdictions and could give the false message that you are letting them cross your path.