Biker dies in early morn­ing col­li­sion

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - HELEN KEMPTON

A YOUNG mo­tor­cy­clist was killed as he rode to work in Tas­ma­nia’s North-West yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The 24-year-old’s mo­tor­bike and a ute col­lided at Sprey­ton just be­fore 7am.

Po­lice said the Mit­subishi ute and the Kawasaki mo­tor­cy­cle col­lided on Kel­cey Tier Rd.

The mo­tor­cy­clist died at the scene and the 59-year-old man driv­ing the other ve­hi­cle was taken to Mersey Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

Po­lice said speed was not a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the crash. They said the rider’s fam­ily had been no­ti­fied.

In­spec­tor Steve Jones said the young man was rid­ing to the con­di­tions.

“The driver is very shaken,” Insp Jones said.

“It was dark but both ve­hi­cles had proper lights. It is a tragic sit­u­a­tion which has claimed the life of a young man and a re­minder to ev­ery­one to be ob­ser­vant of all other ve­hi­cles on the road.”

Tas­ma­nia’s road toll this year is 15, one less than at the same time last year.

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