HIGH­WAY HOR­ROR

Motorcyclist killed in Stu­art Hwy crash

NT News - - FRONT PAGE - KIERAN BANKS

A MOTORCYCLIST killed on a morn­ing ride in the Dar­win ru­ral area has been re­mem­bered as a great hus­band and mate.

Bill Thor­n­ey­croft, 50, died when his bike col­lided with a car while trav­el­ling to­wards the city at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Stu­art Hwy and Vir­ginia Rd at 6.15am yes­ter­day.

Mr Thor­n­ey­croft’s bike col­lided with the car as it at­tempted to turn right onto the high­way.

His bike was left at the in­ter­sec­tion as po­lice at­tempted to piece to­gether mo­ments be­fore the crash.

Friends and fam­ily yes­ter­day re­mem­bered Mr Thor­n­ey­croft in touch­ing posts on so­cial me­dia. Mr Thor­n­ey­croft was de­scribed as a “great man” and as a “top bloke who has gone too soon.”

An­other per­son paid trib­ute to Mr Thor­n­ey­croft as a great hus­band and mate.

“I hope you’re up there drink­ing a XXXX gold and rid­ing high as we will have a drink for you Billy. You have touched so many of us, you were a mate, a great hus­band,” the trib­ute read.

“It’s al­ways hard to lose some­one who has given us all so much to re­mem­ber, all the laugh­ter, jokes, drunken billy mo­ments and even a fight. You al­ways brought joy to us no mat­ter what sit­u­a­tion we were in.”

Sergeant Dar­ren Rob­son said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing if speed was a fac­tor in the crash.

He said the 25-year-old driver of the Subaru was not un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol.

“The motorcyclist was head­ing in to­wards Dar­win. “The mo­tor­cy­cle rider has col­lided with the driver side of the sedan and un­for­tu­nately the im­pact of the col­li­sion has re­sulted in a fa­tal­ity,” he said.

“The driver of the Subaru pre­sented with no in­juries on the scene but he was very up­set and shaken. He’s been taken up to the hospi­tal via am­bu­lance for as­sess­ment.”

It is the sec­ond fa­tal mo­tor­bike crash on Ter­ri­tory roads in a month fol­low­ing the death of Danny Lee, 34, three weeks af­ter a crash on the Stu­art Hwy at Coolalinga.

The Ter­ri­tory road toll stands at 12, com­pared to 14 at the same time last year.

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene of the crash at the cor­ner of Vir­ginia Rd and the Stu­art High­way yes­ter­day that claimed the life of Bill Thor­n­ey­croft, inset

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

The Vir­ginia Rd and Stu­art Hwy in­ter­sec­tion where Bill Thor­n­ey­croft was killed

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