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Brighton speed trials death happened after bike hit "dip" in Madeira Drive

The Argus: Charlotte Tagg Charlotte Tagg

A motorbike and sidecar hit a “dip” in the road before veering into a concrete bollard at 100mph killing the sidecar passenger and seriously injuring the driver, an inquest heard.

Mother-of-three Charlotte Tagg never regained consciousness after being “thrown off” on the Madeira Drive track.

Eyewitnesses yesterday gave their account of the fatal incident at the Brighton Speed Trials on September 8, 2012.

The inquest heard driver Roger Hollingshead and his passenger had already safely completed two runs of the quarter mile track without incident.

But on their final run, shortly before 6pm, they hit a “dip” in the road before veering off to the right.

Safety crew member, Michael De Young, said the vehicle went into the “slight depression” in the road while travelling in excess of 90mph.

He described the front wheel “lifting” and then veering to the right when it came back down.

He said: “It came into contact with something at the side of the track which I later found out was a bollard.

“It then appeared to spiral horizontally, bouncing off the curb and fence two to three times, then barrel rolled.”

The driver and passenger were thrown from the bike.

Spectator Richard Stannard, who was standing near the finish line, said he saw someone “flying down the road” after being catapulted off the bike.

One of the race marshals, Alan Smith, said some vehicles “bottomed out” while others “get a wiggle” after hitting the dip in the track.

He described seeing Miss Tagg and Mr Hollingshead “get a wiggle” from the dip shortly before veering off the road.

Another marshal, John Elleker, said the dip had always been there but may have got bigger over the years due to the high amount of traffic and other events.

He added: “I really don’t know if it caused the problem or not.”

He told the Brighton Magistrates’ Court hearing the engine was still “screaming” as it crossed the finish line before “all hell broke loose”.

A paramedic was on the scene in seconds and focused on the injured driver – after judging there was little he could do to save Miss Tagg.

Giving evidence Mr De Young told how he held Miss Tagg’s head as she lay motionless on the track and continued to speak to her and reassure her until she was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

She was pronounced dead just after 8pm on the same night.

The inquest previously heard how Miss Tagg, of Beck Row, Suffolk, only signed up for the historic speed trials after another rider had pulled |out.

The inquest continues.

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10:09am Wed 18 Sep 13

mimseycal says...

Does a 'dip' get bigger over the years or does a pothole?
Does a 'dip' get bigger over the years or does a pothole? mimseycal
  • Score: 0

10:44am Wed 18 Sep 13

BeeJam says...

Tragic. Without wanting to detract from this very sad story the general state of the roads in Brighton and Hove is a disgrace. Driving around for a living I get increasingly angry at how they have been allowed to fall into such an atrocious state. When i do cycle about town i'm often nearly thrown from my bike or into traffic, especially along Edward Street which I would argue is almost too dangerous to cycle down now. My van had had the suspension fixed three times in 2 years and is again on it's way out die to hitting pot holes, craters and dips, absurdly huge/poorly maintained speedbumps and substandard roadwork repairs. Time for BHCC to get the basics right, fix our shoddy roads.

RIP Charlotte Tagg.
Tragic. Without wanting to detract from this very sad story the general state of the roads in Brighton and Hove is a disgrace. Driving around for a living I get increasingly angry at how they have been allowed to fall into such an atrocious state. When i do cycle about town i'm often nearly thrown from my bike or into traffic, especially along Edward Street which I would argue is almost too dangerous to cycle down now. My van had had the suspension fixed three times in 2 years and is again on it's way out die to hitting pot holes, craters and dips, absurdly huge/poorly maintained speedbumps and substandard roadwork repairs. Time for BHCC to get the basics right, fix our shoddy roads. RIP Charlotte Tagg. BeeJam
  • Score: 8

10:45am Wed 18 Sep 13

spencer1973 says...

Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road
Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road spencer1973
  • Score: -19

11:22am Wed 18 Sep 13

badger55114 says...

Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.
Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there. badger55114
  • Score: 3

2:44pm Wed 18 Sep 13

petrolned says...

BeeJam wrote:
Tragic. Without wanting to detract from this very sad story the general state of the roads in Brighton and Hove is a disgrace. Driving around for a living I get increasingly angry at how they have been allowed to fall into such an atrocious state. When i do cycle about town i'm often nearly thrown from my bike or into traffic, especially along Edward Street which I would argue is almost too dangerous to cycle down now. My van had had the suspension fixed three times in 2 years and is again on it's way out die to hitting pot holes, craters and dips, absurdly huge/poorly maintained speedbumps and substandard roadwork repairs. Time for BHCC to get the basics right, fix our shoddy roads.

RIP Charlotte Tagg.
It aint gonna happen. Within weeks of a road being resurfaced,along comes one of the utility companies and digs them up again. Back to square one.
[quote][p][bold]BeeJam[/bold] wrote: Tragic. Without wanting to detract from this very sad story the general state of the roads in Brighton and Hove is a disgrace. Driving around for a living I get increasingly angry at how they have been allowed to fall into such an atrocious state. When i do cycle about town i'm often nearly thrown from my bike or into traffic, especially along Edward Street which I would argue is almost too dangerous to cycle down now. My van had had the suspension fixed three times in 2 years and is again on it's way out die to hitting pot holes, craters and dips, absurdly huge/poorly maintained speedbumps and substandard roadwork repairs. Time for BHCC to get the basics right, fix our shoddy roads. RIP Charlotte Tagg.[/p][/quote]It aint gonna happen. Within weeks of a road being resurfaced,along comes one of the utility companies and digs them up again. Back to square one. petrolned
  • Score: -1

2:50pm Wed 18 Sep 13

spencer1973 says...

badger55114 wrote:
Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.
Madera Drive IS a public road, it can be closed for certain events (EG: Speed trials, or The Radio 1 Roadshow. ) Back in the 1980's I saw Bruno Brooks on the roadshow, I nearly fainted when he threw some Goodybags into the crowd, and I caught one.

Anyway, Madera drive is a public road, with public road surfaces
[quote][p][bold]badger55114[/bold] wrote: Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.[/p][/quote]Madera Drive IS a public road, it can be closed for certain events (EG: Speed trials, or The Radio 1 Roadshow. ) Back in the 1980's I saw Bruno Brooks on the roadshow, I nearly fainted when he threw some Goodybags into the crowd, and I caught one. Anyway, Madera drive is a public road, with public road surfaces spencer1973
  • Score: 2

3:04pm Wed 18 Sep 13

Roger Francais says...

I often feel angered at parents etc that still want the freedom to absail / Lion tame or hurl themselves down avalanche snow wearing nothing more than some spandex and a pair of flip flops.

If you are a parent... bloody behave like one and show some responsibility to your kids.... as the saying goes "need for speed? then please dont breed"

@ Spencer1973 .... I hope you took part in Smilie Milies mileage time quiz at the RADIO ONE road show - The ONLY place to see Simon Bates in short trousers!
I often feel angered at parents etc that still want the freedom to absail / Lion tame or hurl themselves down avalanche snow wearing nothing more than some spandex and a pair of flip flops. If you are a parent... bloody behave like one and show some responsibility to your kids.... as the saying goes "need for speed? then please dont breed" @ Spencer1973 .... I hope you took part in Smilie Milies mileage time quiz at the RADIO ONE road show - The ONLY place to see Simon Bates in short trousers! Roger Francais
  • Score: -9

6:21pm Wed 18 Sep 13

gheese77 says...

spencer1973 wrote:
badger55114 wrote:
Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.
Madera Drive IS a public road, it can be closed for certain events (EG: Speed trials, or The Radio 1 Roadshow. ) Back in the 1980's I saw Bruno Brooks on the roadshow, I nearly fainted when he threw some Goodybags into the crowd, and I caught one.

Anyway, Madera drive is a public road, with public road surfaces
Maderia drive is NOT a public road - it is owned by brighton council

They tried to ban the speed trials in 1925 due to poilce ban on racing on public roads, they couldn't though as it was pointed out that Madrira drive is owned by Brighton council.
[quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]badger55114[/bold] wrote: Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.[/p][/quote]Madera Drive IS a public road, it can be closed for certain events (EG: Speed trials, or The Radio 1 Roadshow. ) Back in the 1980's I saw Bruno Brooks on the roadshow, I nearly fainted when he threw some Goodybags into the crowd, and I caught one. Anyway, Madera drive is a public road, with public road surfaces[/p][/quote]Maderia drive is NOT a public road - it is owned by brighton council They tried to ban the speed trials in 1925 due to poilce ban on racing on public roads, they couldn't though as it was pointed out that Madrira drive is owned by Brighton council. gheese77
  • Score: 4

8:07pm Wed 18 Sep 13

nocando says...

spencer1973 wrote:
Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road
You try telling that to the residents and competitors on the Isle of Man.
Do you actually know anything about motorsport or are you just gobbing off from the sidelines?
[quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road[/p][/quote]You try telling that to the residents and competitors on the Isle of Man. Do you actually know anything about motorsport or are you just gobbing off from the sidelines? nocando
  • Score: 9

11:03pm Wed 18 Sep 13

John Steed says...

spencer1973 wrote:
badger55114 wrote:
Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.
Madera Drive IS a public road, it can be closed for certain events (EG: Speed trials, or The Radio 1 Roadshow. ) Back in the 1980's I saw Bruno Brooks on the roadshow, I nearly fainted when he threw some Goodybags into the crowd, and I caught one.

Anyway, Madera drive is a public road, with public road surfaces
complete twaddle the road is owned by brighton corporation, normal highway laws apply unless the council shut the road which they can do at will, making it the unique section of road it is. it is one of brightons jewels. with respect to the sad death at least this lady died doing something she wished to do, and like all involved in motorsport , spectators, competitors, officials etc she knew that motor sport is dangerous it was her choice to compete, and sadly die in an unexpected and unforseen accident. I hope a small plaque gets erected to her memory.
[quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]badger55114[/bold] wrote: Um, it's not a public road, that's why they can hold the speed trials there.[/p][/quote]Madera Drive IS a public road, it can be closed for certain events (EG: Speed trials, or The Radio 1 Roadshow. ) Back in the 1980's I saw Bruno Brooks on the roadshow, I nearly fainted when he threw some Goodybags into the crowd, and I caught one. Anyway, Madera drive is a public road, with public road surfaces[/p][/quote]complete twaddle the road is owned by brighton corporation, normal highway laws apply unless the council shut the road which they can do at will, making it the unique section of road it is. it is one of brightons jewels. with respect to the sad death at least this lady died doing something she wished to do, and like all involved in motorsport , spectators, competitors, officials etc she knew that motor sport is dangerous it was her choice to compete, and sadly die in an unexpected and unforseen accident. I hope a small plaque gets erected to her memory. John Steed
  • Score: 4

11:45pm Wed 18 Sep 13

pcnott says...

spencer1973 wrote:
Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road[/p][/quote]Idiot pcnott
  • Score: 0

11:42am Thu 19 Sep 13

spencer1973 says...

nocando wrote:
spencer1973 wrote:
Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road
You try telling that to the residents and competitors on the Isle of Man.
Do you actually know anything about motorsport or are you just gobbing off from the sidelines?
OH sorry if I have offended any weekend bikers (the ones that normally kill themselves driving like twonks in thier leathers).

A race track is purppose built for speed , public roads are not.

Also please dont quote the isle of Man, deaths on the TT are annual and constant.
[quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road[/p][/quote]You try telling that to the residents and competitors on the Isle of Man. Do you actually know anything about motorsport or are you just gobbing off from the sidelines?[/p][/quote]OH sorry if I have offended any weekend bikers (the ones that normally kill themselves driving like twonks in thier leathers). A race track is purppose built for speed , public roads are not. Also please dont quote the isle of Man, deaths on the TT are annual and constant. spencer1973
  • Score: -2

6:14pm Thu 19 Sep 13

jackthekipper says...

BeeJam wrote:
Tragic. Without wanting to detract from this very sad story the general state of the roads in Brighton and Hove is a disgrace. Driving around for a living I get increasingly angry at how they have been allowed to fall into such an atrocious state. When i do cycle about town i'm often nearly thrown from my bike or into traffic, especially along Edward Street which I would argue is almost too dangerous to cycle down now. My van had had the suspension fixed three times in 2 years and is again on it's way out die to hitting pot holes, craters and dips, absurdly huge/poorly maintained speedbumps and substandard roadwork repairs. Time for BHCC to get the basics right, fix our shoddy roads.

RIP Charlotte Tagg.
i agree and also have a van thats requiring constant work on lower arms.bushes etcc from the ruts,bumps and humps,ive nearly come a cropper on several occasions but getting back to it.rip to the lady who sadly died,i suppose thats an end to the speed trials now then
[quote][p][bold]BeeJam[/bold] wrote: Tragic. Without wanting to detract from this very sad story the general state of the roads in Brighton and Hove is a disgrace. Driving around for a living I get increasingly angry at how they have been allowed to fall into such an atrocious state. When i do cycle about town i'm often nearly thrown from my bike or into traffic, especially along Edward Street which I would argue is almost too dangerous to cycle down now. My van had had the suspension fixed three times in 2 years and is again on it's way out die to hitting pot holes, craters and dips, absurdly huge/poorly maintained speedbumps and substandard roadwork repairs. Time for BHCC to get the basics right, fix our shoddy roads. RIP Charlotte Tagg.[/p][/quote]i agree and also have a van thats requiring constant work on lower arms.bushes etcc from the ruts,bumps and humps,ive nearly come a cropper on several occasions but getting back to it.rip to the lady who sadly died,i suppose thats an end to the speed trials now then jackthekipper
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Thu 19 Sep 13

nocando says...

spencer1973 wrote:
nocando wrote:
spencer1973 wrote:
Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road
You try telling that to the residents and competitors on the Isle of Man.
Do you actually know anything about motorsport or are you just gobbing off from the sidelines?
OH sorry if I have offended any weekend bikers (the ones that normally kill themselves driving like twonks in thier leathers).

A race track is purppose built for speed , public roads are not.

Also please dont quote the isle of Man, deaths on the TT are annual and constant.
Yep. Gobbing off and nothing more. Thought so.
[quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spencer1973[/bold] wrote: Thank god this lunacy won't be happening anymore. You want speed trials, go to a racetrack, not a public road[/p][/quote]You try telling that to the residents and competitors on the Isle of Man. Do you actually know anything about motorsport or are you just gobbing off from the sidelines?[/p][/quote]OH sorry if I have offended any weekend bikers (the ones that normally kill themselves driving like twonks in thier leathers). A race track is purppose built for speed , public roads are not. Also please dont quote the isle of Man, deaths on the TT are annual and constant.[/p][/quote]Yep. Gobbing off and nothing more. Thought so. nocando
  • Score: 0

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