Woman biker dies in crash with lamppost in Plymouth

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.

Beware – Police target bikers in Devon and Cornwall speed crackdown

In an effort to reduce the rise in motorcycle casualties across Devon and Cornwall there will be an increased presence of safety cameras, particularly at weekends and evenings during the summer period when bikers are more at risk of collisions.
The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured across the two counties has risen dramatically this year and this is a growing concern for all sectors of the community. Motorcyclists make up just 1% of road traffic but, in 2011, represented 30% of road fatalities in our region. Every one of these deaths results in terrible personal grief and trauma that lasts for years for the families and loved ones left behind.
The roads are notoriously busy at this time of the year and speed is a major contributory factor in the majority of road traffic collisions throughout the region. There are additional risks for motorcyclists, however, who are less protected and whose vehicles have less contact with the road surface than cars, particularly when overtaking or negotiating bends.
While many collisions are caused by other drivers failing to see the motorbike, fatalities and serious injuries are often down to riders losing control. Riding within the legal speed limits should greatly reduce the number and severity of these crashes.
The highly visible mobile enforcement units will be deployed to both existing and new sites, particularly on known biker routes.
Inspector Richard Pryce, Head of Roads Policing said,
“It is vital that motorcyclists understand their vulnerability on the roads. Whilst it’s right to enjoy riding, there is a need to ride sensibly and legally. We have some of the most beautiful routes to ride in the South West, but travelling at speed or riding in an aggressive manner will potentially lead to a collision and injury.
We must reduce the number of injury collisions involving motorcyclists on our roads. In an effort to do this we are mounting educational and enforcement campaigns in support of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and publicising we are doing so. Riders must take responsibility for their actions on the road, in the same way as all other road users. Safe and sensible riders are welcome, but those who choose to ride outside the law will be dealt with robustly when detected, whether that be through an educational course or prosecution.”

Motorcyclist found dead on Plymouth road

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.”

Tributes paid to motorcyclist killed in collision with bus on Saturday

THE FAMILY of a man who was killed after his motorbike came into collision with a bus have told how he “loved life”. Peter Ringrose, from Fore Street, Bugle, was riding a motorbike and sidecar on Roche Road, travelling towards Bugle, when he and a single-decker Western Greyhound bus collided at around 5pm on Saturday. The 46-year-old Imerys’ worker, who had ridden motorbikes for about 30 years, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on the bus was injured. Mr Ringrose leaves behind his wife Tania Ringrose as well as daughters Victoria and Rebecca and two grandsons.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Call 101 quoting log number 593 of March 3, 2012, with information.

Motorcyclist killed in Devon A35 crash

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Cullompton motorcyclist who was killed in a collision on the A35 near Honiton. Andrew Luckham, 48, known as Lux to his family and friends, was riding his black Kawasaki motorcycle in Offwell when the incident happened. He was in a collision with an Audi convertible driven by a woman in her 40s from the area just after 11am on Sunday. Despite the efforts of paramedics, an air ambulance crew and members of the public who stopped to assist, he was declared dead at the scene.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting log 366 of February 26 2012.

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Truro

A motorcyclist has been killed following a collision with car near Truro early yesterday evening. This took place on an unclassified road at Cross Lanes, Twelveheads just after 5.15pm. Police said that the motorcyclist died at the scene, as a result of his injuries. The road was closed for almost eight hours, while police carried out an investigation of the scene, not reopening until 1am today. Police are now appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time or who saw the collision to contact them on phone number 101, quoting reference 597 of 13/11/11.


Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash in Cornwall

A 34-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash in Cornwall at the weekend. The emergency services were alerted by a member of the public shortly after the crash on the A3058 Grampound Road – the main road between Summercourt and St Stephen in Mid Cornwall. The collision, which happened at around 11.30am on Saturday in the hamlet of Menna, involved a Mitsubishi Trojan four-by-four, a white Ford van and a silver Yamaha motorcycle. The rider, a 34-year-old man from the Helston area who has not yet been named by police, suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the motorcycle which then burst into flames. Firefighters from St Dennis doused the fire using a hose reel. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information in relation to the collision.”

Motorcyclist dies crash – Plymouth police appeal

A 41-year-old motorcyclist has died after crashing into a central reservation in Plymouth. Police said, the man, who was riding a Honda motorcycle is believed to be from the local area and died at the scene. The incident happened on the A386 Tavistock Road, above the A38 Manadon roundabout, at about 22:30 BST on Tuesday. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact police.

iBiker app for motorcyclists

A NEW mobile phone application has been launched aimed at helping motorcyclists to ride Devon’s roads safely. To find out more please select the link below.

Press release follows:

Devon roads feature on iBiker app for motorcyclists

A NEW mobile phone application has been launched aimed at helping motorcyclists to ride Devon’s roads safely.

Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have taken part in the national scheme, funded by the Department for Transport, which has made a unique app available on the iPhone and other smartphones.

Motorcyclists who download the software onto their phone will be able to use it to:

– plan, plot, and save their rides as well as highlighting points of interest, such as pubs, cafes, cash points, petrol stations and meeting points;

– share their information with other bikers via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, enabling them to comment on routes;

– sign up to BikeSafe and other enhanced rider post-test training.

The new technology uses British EuroRAP intelligence provided by the Road Safety Foundation that highlights “the most risky roads and routes in Britain” to bikers.

The app also includes videos with commentated rides of known collisions hot-spots and provides advice on how to ride safely and responsibly to steer clear of accidents. Britain’s World Superbike rider James Toseland is also supporting the scheme and stars in equipment and maintenance videos as part of the campaign.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This is a great tool to help bikers enjoy Devon’s roads safely, whether they live in the county or are just visiting. Simply by accessing the app on their phone they’ll be able to make use of local knowledge to get the most out of their ride – whether it’s planning their route or getting more information on how to improve their riding skills.”

Sergeant Greg Jarrett, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “We in Devon have some of the best biking roads in the country. We hope that bikers will use these apps to help plan their routes and enjoy our roads to the full whilst understanding how to stay away from problems along the way.”

The app is managed by social enterprise business Redefine Convention. Gurminder Marwaha, the app’s creator, said: “We were delighted to team up with Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police on this project. The video run-throughs they have provided will provide an invaluable resource to motorcyclists coming to enjoy Devon and Cornwall’s roads, and also help them pick up vital new skills and knowledge. The motorbiking community has played an important role in developing the app, and quite rightly as it has been designed specifically for them. Motorcyclists can be justifiably proud of the iBiker app.”

For more information, and the latest news about the iBiker app visit facebook.com/ibiker or www.ibikerapp.com.

Biker dies in early-morning crash after police try to stop him

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.