MOTORBIKE RIDER DIES ON WAY TO LUNCH WITH MATES:
Missing motorcyclist killed en route to group lunch
A WEEKEND group motorcycle ride from Bundaberg turned into tragedy on Sunday after a horror crash claimed the life of a rider.
The body of the 66-year-old man was found by police after he was reported missing.
A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said Forensic Crash Unit officers were investigating the crash, which happened at Degilbo, near Biggenden.
“Around 9am a group of motorcyclists travelled from Bundaberg through North Isis with a lunch planned on the Burnett River near Mount Perry-Gayndah Rd,” the spokesperson said.
“One of the riders, a 66-year-old man, failed to arrive after last being seen around 11.30am by other members of the group.
“Police were notified when the rider failed to make it home and officers commenced a search of the route taken by the riders.”
The spokesperson said officers found the man’s body later in the day.
He had lost control of his motorcycle, hit a sign and was thrown from the bike near Chowey Bridge.
Police said strong winds could have been a factor in the crash.
The crash has happened just six days after a double fatality on Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd that shocked the region.
On Monday, January 22, the horrific two-car collision killed two women when the vehicles they were driving collided head on.
South Kolan residents Patricia Levi and Kaylene Carter were pronounced dead at the scene.
Inspector Pat Swindells said three deaths in one week had left Bundaberg police “absolutely shocked”.
“We are very concerned about the road deaths in our region, we are stunned that we have had so many deaths in such a short period of time” he said.
“We are urging all people to ride to the road conditions and the weather conditions.
“Also, remember the Fatal Five and now that the kids are back to school, take
❝ We are stunned that we have had so many deaths in such a short period of time.
— Inspector Pat Swindells
special notice of school zones and speed limits.”
Investigations into Sunday’s motorcycle crash are continuing.