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Liverpool driver on bike crash charge

Liverpool driver Shaokun Zhu, 30, appeared in court today charged with negligence after allegedly driving through a give way sign and hitting a motorcyclist in Sydney’s west on 30 October 2019.

NSW Police allege he was driving a Volkswagen Passat west along Cabramatta Road West when he went through a Give Way sign without stopping.

His VW hit a motorbike being ridden by a 28-year-old man who was thrown from the bike.

The rider suffered significant injuries including a fractured shoulder, pelvis and hip, as well as serious cuts and abrasions.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to Liverpool Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The scene was examined by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.

Shaokun Zhu was arrested and charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

His licence was suspended, and he was given conditional bail.

The matter was today adjourned to 29 January 2020 again in Liverpool Local Court. Conditional bail continues.

If found guilty, he could face up to seven years in jail.

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NSW motorcycle cop injured in crash

A NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol officer has been injured in a “single-vehicle crash” on the Central Coast about 4.15pm today (Sunday 17 November 2019).

Police say the male officer was riding an unmarked motorcycle on Berkeley Road, Berkeley Vale, when he “lost control” and crashed into a guardrail.

“He came off his bike and landed down an embankment,” the police say.

Emergency services were called and came to his aid.

He was treated at the scene for two broken legs and was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

At this stage it is unknown if the officer was responding to an incident.

Police from Tuggerah Lakes Police District are calling for any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with dash-cam vision to come forward.

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.

Taken to task

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We have taken police to task before for saying motorcycle riders “lost control” or were involved in a “single-vehicle accident”.

It is presumptuous, pending a proper review of the accident.

Such terminology also creates an impression that riders are reckless.

This only serves to further demonise riders in the eyes of the public.

How can we expect other motorists to look out for riders or be concerned about our vulnerability if they think we are careless or have a death wish?

At least the police are consistent in their reporting, even when it is one of their own!

We sincerely wish the officer a fast and full recover.

Click here to read how cops get to be motorcycle police.

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Charity rider exonerated by cop verdict

An army veteran rider who claimed he was assaulted by police at a March 2018 charity ride feels exonerated knowing the officer has been placed on restricted duties.

Michael “Magic” Parr faced a charge of not obeying the direction of police for this incident caught on video, but the charges were dropped in April, 2019.

Exonerated

When told that the officer, Senior Constable Andrew Murphy dubbed “Raptor 13”, was placed on restricted duties earlier this year, Magic said it was “good news”.

“The guy is psycho and that should have been obvious to the hierarchy a long time ago,” he says.

At the time, Murphy was part of NSW Police Strike Force Raptor established after the infamous 2009 “bikie” brawl at Sydney Airport.

The charity ride video is not the only one to have surrounded Murphy in controversy.

Type “Raptor 13” into a YouTube search and you will see a selection of videos, including:

  • Harassing mourners at the funeral of bikie boss Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi last year;
  • Holding a metal pole to a man’s head during a traffic stop;
  • Failing to supply his name during a traffic stop; and
  • Making “rude and disrespectful” comments to a 24-year-old female P-plater and her stepmother after failing to indicate at a roundabout.

In the latter incident, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission found Murphy and another officer engaged in “serious misconduct” by racially abusing the two Afghan Muslim women.

While both officers were found to be “unfit for purpose as a police officer”, Murphy was also found to be “presently unfit” to deal with the public.

However, News Ltd reports that Murphy has been on “appropriate restricted duties” since earlier this year.

We asked a police psychologist who determines the fitness of officers for duty what that meant.

They said it usually meant the officer was assigned to desk or other duties with limited or no public contact.

While it is not a demotion in rank, it usually means they work 9-5 and lose lucrative shift penalties.

Senior Constable Andrew Murphy aka “Raptor 13” exonerated
Senior Constable Andrew Murphy aka “Raptor 13”

Charity ride incident

Magic had faced a charge of not obeying the direction of police for the incident at Woodenbong on 3 March 2018 when police roadblocked the 26th annual Good as Gold ride.

The hearing was scheduled for April 2019 in Kyogle Local Court, but police prosecution contacted Magic a couple of days before to say they would not proceed. No reasons were given.

Rather than feeling exonerated, Magic said he was disappointed with the result as he had been looking forward to his day in court.

He also made a formal complaint to police of alleged unlawful assault when the officer shoved him.

However, NSW Police Force Professional Standards Unit rejected the complaint, saying the officer’s shove was a “single approved check drill in accordance with his training”.

Click here to read the full reply.

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“Police policing their own is an endemic problem,” Magic told us.

“There needs to be an external body to handle complaints about police.

“People are being abused and give up making complaints because they know it will not go anywhere.

“Now police feel they can do anything they like.”

Not if they have no public contact, they can’t.

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Driver gets order over motorcycle crash

A Sydney driver has today been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order after hitting and injuring a motorcyclist in September 2019.

The 29-year-old woman, Perpetual Dzikunu, received a community corrections order for two years from today (Tuesday 12 November 2019) after hitting a 63-year-old rider and severely injuring his foot on 1 September 2019.

Her Toyota Aurion turned right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, and hit the motorcycle heading east.Driver court order NSW Policeo

Corrections order

Dzikunu had faced up to a $2200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months for a first-time offence.

The NSW community corrections order (CCO) is a new penalty that last year replaced the previous community service order. It is considered more serious.

Judges are also able to impose conditions that are tailored to the offender to ensure they don’t reoffend by targeting the offending behaviour, such as drug or alcohol addiction, or mental health issues.

NSW Courts would not reveal the conditions imposed by the Waverely Local Court judge.

Driveway crashes

This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway.

In the same month, a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane.

Most accidents happen close to home.

It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home.

Riders should always be switched on.

They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways.

A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads where a vehicle slows without indicating.

The following rider assumes the driver is pulling over, so they overtake just as the driver decides to turn across their path into their driveway.

The result can be fatal.

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Tragic month for NSW and Queensland riders

It’s been a tragic month for riders in NSW and Queensland where 11 people have died as warmer weather has more venturing out on the road.

In the past two days, two riders have died on NSW roads.

The latest fatality involves a motorcyclist and a school bus colliding in South Nowra about 6.45am today (Tuesday 29 October 2019).

The young male rider died in the crash at the intersection of Flinders Road and Bellevue Street.

As is the usual practice, police have taken the uninjured bus driver to hospital for mandatory testing.

There were no passengers on the bus.

A cause has not yet been revealed and a brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Statistical spike

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Spring rider

Let’s hope it is the end of the carnage for October which has seen the usual spike in motorcycle crashes as more riders hit the roads for spring.

While Queensland riders are out year-round, some NSW riders hibernate their bikes over winter and come out in spring for leisure and commuting.

Over the past month there have been seven riders killed on NSW roads and four in Queensland.

We can probably expect a knee-jerk reaction from politicians and police in response, but it is mainly a seasonal situation.

Motorcycle deaths in NSW up to the end of September were slightly up on last year, but down over the past four years.

In Queensland, rider deaths were down a substantial 16.6% by the end of September. 

Thankfully, there were no known rider deaths in Victoria this month. However, a tragic start to the year has Victorian rider deaths up about 28% over the previous year and the five-year average.

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These are the crashes on NSW in October:

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Our sincere condolences to all the families and friends of those lost and our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to those injured.

We would rather not report on crashes, but we hope the articles prompt readers to take even more caution and responsibility for their own safety.

Seeking cause and blame won’t heal broken bodies.

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Car ploughed into four bikes, killing rider

A Kia Rio has ploughed head-on into a group of four motorcyclists in Kyogle, northern NSW, killing one and injuring three riders yesterday (20 October 2019).

It follows three tragic days on NSW roads in which three riders died and five riders and a pillion were injured in five separate motorcycle crashes.

Police say the latest accident happened about 1.45pm on a hill crest opposite the Cemetery on the south side of town. (Image above courtesy NBN News.)

Emergency services attended the crash on Summerland Way, near Runnymede Road, following reports a Kia Rio travelling north and four motorcycles travelling south collided.

One of the motorcycle riders, believed to be a 55-year-old man, suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

Another rider, a 56-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The other two riders, aged 52 and 53, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.

The driver and sole-occupant of the vehicle, a 52-year-old man, was trapped for a short time before being released and taken to Lismore Hospital for treatment and mandatory testing.

Officers from Richmond Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by the Far North Coast Crash Investigations Unit.

Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner. No charges have yet been laid.

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.

Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all riders killed and our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for all those injured in these crashes.

Group crashes

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North American group riding crash (Image: Associated Press)

Riders are vulnerable road users, but when they are riding in a group they present a bigger target and the results can be carnage.

We have reported on several group crashes in recent months in Australia.

But the most tragic was the crash in North America where an unlicensed pick-up truck driver ploughed into 10 bikes, killing seven riders.

The driver returns to court next month where he faces a long jail term.

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Tragic day for motorcycle riders

It was a tragic day on NSW roads yesterday for motorcycle riders with one dead and two injured in two separate incidents.

Tragic crash

A male rider, 45, has died in a motorcycle crash on a gravel road in the far west of NSW about 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday 19 October 2019).

Police say emergency services were called to the Wilcannia-East Road, 10 kilometres outside Menindee, “following reports a motorcycle rider had been ejected from his bike”.

The rider died at the scene despite efforts to revive him.

Officers from Broken Hill Police Station established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Rider and pillion injured

A 59-year-old man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after coming off his motorbike in the state’s Northern Region yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Limpinwood Road, Tyalgum, shortly before midday (Saturday 19 October 2019), following reports a motorcycle had crashed into a tree.

“On arrival officers found a 59-year-old rider suffering critical injuries,” police say.

“He was stabilised at the scene before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering critical head injuries.”

He remains in a serious condition.

His female pillion passenger, aged 57, suffered shoulder and ankle injuries and was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for further treatment.

Inquiries are continuing by officers from Tweed/Byron Police District.

Waterfall Way crash

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Waterfall Way is a favourite among riders

It follows the tragic death on Friday of a male rider in his 50s after a collision with a car on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents 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.

Our condolences to the riders’ family and friends and our best wishes for the injured rider and passenger for a full and speedy recovery.

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Rider dies in Waterfall Way crash

A male rider in his 50s has died after a car and his motorcycle collided on Waterfall Way, south-west of Coffs Harbour yesterday (Friday 18 October 2019).

Police say the motorcycle was heading east on Waterfall Way when it collided with a car coming in the opposite direction shortly after 4pm about 13km west of Bellingen.

The rider, who is yet to be formally identified but believed to from Coffs Harbour, died at the scene.

Three people travelling in the car were taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus with minor injuries.

The driver, a 31-year-old woman from Armidale, has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing.

Waterfall Way was closed in both directions for four hours, re-opening at 8pm.

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All images from NSW Transport Why We Ride video

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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.

Our condolences to the rider’s family and friends and our best wishes for the injured passengers for a full and speedy recopvery.

No charges have been laid.

Waterfall Way

Waterfall Way is one of many “motorcycling roads” featured in the NSW Transport video series Roads We Ride.

It is one of the most popular roads in the region for motorcyclists.

Waterfall Way is both scenic and winding. However, it is also narrow, challenging and dangerous.

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Woman faces sentence on negligent bike crash

Sydney woman Perpetual Dzikunu, 29, has been found guilty of negligent driving after a collision with a motorcycle in Sydney on 1 September 2019.

The 63-year-old male rider suffered a severely injured foot.

Dzikunu appeared in Waverely Local Court on Wednesday (16 October 2019) where she was granted continuing conditional bail.

She will return to court on November 12 for sentencing.

Negligent penalty

The driver could face a $2,200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months if it is a first-time offence.

NSW Police say that about 3pm on September 1 a Toyota Aurion was turning right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, when it collided with the motorcycle heading east.

The rider was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital. 

Dzikunu stopped after the crash and spoke with police.

About 7.50pm the following day Dzikunu attended Maroubra Police Station where she was charged with negligent driving.

Driveway crashes

This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway.

Earlier this month a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane.

Most accidents happen close to home.

It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home.

Riders should always be switched on.

They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways.

A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads where a vehicle slows without indicating.

The following rider assumes the driver is pulling over, so they overtake just as the driver decides to turn across their path into their driveway.

The result can be fatal.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Tragic week for riders on NSW roads

It’s been a tragic week for riders on NSW roads with two deaths and two seriously injured.

Early this week a 19-year-old P-plate driver was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death after a crash with a 41-year-old man on a scooter.

On Wednesday, a 24-year-old Landcruiser driver allegedly on the wrong side of the road was also charged after injuring a 76-year-old motorcyclist in a head-on crash near Wiseman’s Ferry.

Yesterday, a 57-year-old man riding a Suzuki died in a crash with a Ford Ranger utility on Kularoo Drive, Forster.

The rider died at the scene.

The ute driver, also 57, was taken to Manning Base Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Manning-Great Lakes Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

No charges have yet been laid.

And early this morning, a 35-year-old man riding a Kawasaki was seriously injured in Fairfield East, Sydney.

Police say that about 12.30am (Saturday 28 September 2019), the rider “lost control and hit a fence” on Woodville Road.

The rider sustained a serious leg injury and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from Fairfield City Police Area Command with assistance by officers from the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash.

As inquiries continue, anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestop.

Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the riders and our best wishes to those injured for a full and speedy recovery.

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Next month is Motorcycle Awareness Month in NSW with a media campaign to make drivers more aware of riders on the roads.

Click here for more details.

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