After a couple of cancellations, Plymouth Bike Night drew record numbers of motorcyclists the Plymouth Hoe. The late summer sun meant that about 400 riders paid at least the minimum one pound to take part in the event. The previous record for 2012 was 338. The turnout puts Plymouth Bike Night back on track after bad weather cancelled the events in June and July.
Due to the terrible weather recently the Mega-Ride has been re-scheduled. Each year thousands of bikers arrive at Lee Mill to ride out to Marley Head, back to the Plymouth City Centre and end up on the Hoe. There they will find numerous trade and catering stands and live music. Bikers are asked for a £3 donation or £5 with pillion. This year the money raised will be split between 4 charities – MacMillan Cancer Support, Devon Freewheelers, Drakes Sailing Club and Operation Henry Pancreatic Cancer.
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A FEMALE biker was killed after the motorcycle she was riding crashed.The 45-year-old woman – named today by police as Cryste Robinson from Staddiscombe – is understood to have been riding a Harley Davidson motorbike along Staddiscombe Road near Staddiscombe at around 7.10pm yesterday, Sunday 27th May. Her husband Mike Robinson paid tribute to her online today. He said: “At 7pm last night my beautiful wife was killed while riding her motorcycle. I already miss her more than I can ever say, she was my whole world.”
Early reports suggest the bike collided with a lamppost around 100 metres on from the junction of Coleman Drive, close to The Staddy pub, while the vehicle was heading towards Down Thomas. Police said passers-by stopped to assist Ms Robinson shortly afterwards and paramedics were called but despite the efforts of all those present – including an off-duty police officer – Ms Robinson died at the scene. It is understood members of her family arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.
Officers from the Collision Unit at Crownhill Police Station are now carrying out a detailed investigation into the incident and anyone with information or who may have witnessed the grey motorbike in the lead-up to the incident should call police on 101 quoting police log number 751 of 27/05/12.
A WOMAN has been charged in connection with a traffic incident which resulted in the death of Plymouth father-of-three Paul Henderson. Devon and Cornwall Police yesterday announced that a 57-year-old Plymouth woman has been charged with ‘causing death by careless / inconsiderate driving’ following the fatal road traffic collision on January 30 this year. The woman has been bailed to attend Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on June 6. Mr Henderson, a Plymouth motorcyclist, died after a collision involving his blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and three other vehicles. The incident happened on the St Budeaux slip-road on the A38 Parkway. Following his death his devastated family members and friends described him as a “gentle giant”. The 45-year-old left behind his wife, Jackie, his sons Robert and Andrew, his daughter, Sarah, his parents, Carol and Gordon, as well as his brother and sister, David and Julie. He also left his two grandchildren, Harvey and Azura and his future grandchild who is due in the summer. In a heart-felt tribute the family said: “Paul was nothing but a saint, a gentle giant who was not just a husband, father, son, brother or grandson, but the whole foundation of his family. “Words cannot describe how much he is going to be missed by everyone.”
A motorcyclist was killed in a horrific late-night accident in Devonport. The 53-year-old Plymouth man was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle incident. A passing driver called the emergency services at 12.50am yesterday after finding the man at the side of Park Avenue. The accident took place near Devonport Park and the traffic lights at the junction of Ferry Road. The victim, who has not been named, had been riding a green Triumph motorcycle. Police and the ambulance service attended the scene and the man was pronounced dead. It is believed he suffered severe head injuries.
Investigating officers are appealing for information about the incident. A police spokesman said: “The single motorcyclist was found at the side of the road at about 12.50am. “No other vehicles were thought to be involved. “We would like to hear from any witnesses who either saw the incident or saw a green Triumph motorcycle in the area shortly before the incident. “The motorcycle was coming from the direction of the city centre – perhaps someone saw the vehicle passing the petrol station, by the mini roundabout linking to Fore Street, shortly before the location of the incident.”
A PLYMOUTH motorcyclist was killed in a four-vehicle rush-hour crash on the A38 at St Budeaux. The 45-year-old man, named locally as Paul Henderson of West Park, died at the scene of the collision on the Parkway.
A 57-year-old woman motorist, also from Plymouth, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She was still in custody last night as The Herald went to press and was released overnight on bail until April 30. A blue Triumph Tiger motorbike, two cars and a van were involved in the accident yesterday at the bottom of the St Budeaux eastbound onslip. The accident came as emergency services dealt with a string of other crashes during the morning, causing long traffic delays. The emergency services were alerted to the St Budeaux crash at 6.57am by a member of the public. The road between Weston Mill and Crownhill was closed for almost eight hours, causing miles of tailbacks into South East Cornwall. Traffic delays were worsened by further rush-hour collisions, including three on the A38. There were also two more crashes involving motorbikes, on Outland Road and in Compton. No further serious injuries were reported.
Response Inspector Martin Taylor said: “We had a call three minutes before 7am from someone saying they were giving first aid to a motorcyclist who was badly hurt. “The emergency services attended but unfortunately he died of his injuries at the scene. There were four vehicles at the scene – a motorcycle, two cars and a van. “There is an investigation ongoing as to the dynamics of the collision, who was involved and in what order.”
A BIKER has died after he came off his motorcycle while being followed by police. The man, who is believed to be in his 40s, died after crashing on Mannamead Road in Plymouth. No other vehicle was involved in the crash, which happened at about 4.20am yesterday. The road was closed for seven hours after the accident as police cleared up and carried out investigations. A police spokesman said last night that a patrol car with two officers saw the motorcycle. Because of the way in which it was being ridden they decided to stop check the vehicle and rider. “The officers lost sight of the motorcycle whilst following it and then came across it after it had been involved in a collision,” a police spokesman said. The officers tried to resuscitate the rider. The man was taken to Derriford Hospital where he died a short time later.
FAMILY and friends are mourning the loss of a Plymouth biker who died in an horrific smash with a lorry. Tributes have been paid to grandfather-of-four Andy Carter who lost his life when his green Kawasaki ZX9R motorcycle was in collision with a heavy goods vehicle on Monday afternoon. Shocked relatives last night described the 51-year-old as a “family man” and a “great guy” whose passion lay with motorbikes. Andy, who lived in Whitleigh, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Manadon roundabout. Relatives from the city and beyond have now been informed of the tragedy.
The accident, on one of Plymouth’s busiest roundabouts, left traffic gridlocked during Monday’s rush hour. Firemen and ambulance crews were sent to the crash, between the traffic lights on Mannamead Road and the exit to Outland Road, at 3.15pm.