Driver arrested as biker dies in crash

Driver arrested as biker dies in crash

Driver arrested as biker dies in crash

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A 69-YEAR-OLD tourist has been arrested after the car he was driving hit a motorcyclist.

His Volvo V40 hatchback collided with the 20-year-old biker outside the Squire and Horse pub on the A29 Bury Hill in West Sussex on Sunday at 4.30pm.

The rider, from Billingshurst, who was riding a Honda VFR 800F motorbike, died at the scene.

The car driver was on holiday in the UK from his home in Bermuda along with his passenger, a 64-year-old woman.

She broke her collar bone and suffered whiplash in the accident, which also left both of the occupants of the car suffering shock.

They were taken to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester for treatment.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was bailed until September 1.

The victim had been travelling south with another biker, also 20, from Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey, who was riding a Kawasaki ZXR400. He was unhurt.

Road policing officers closed the road in both directions for more than five hours while they pieced together what happened. Diversions were in place near Watersfield and the Whiteways Lodge roundabout.

A retained fire crew from Petworth was called to make the road safe.

The crash happened about half a mile south of where a similar fatality occurred on March 30 this year. Oliver Bird, 37, of Shoreham lost his life in the collision.

The latest accident has prompted calls for a better awareness of motorcyclists.

A member of staff at the pub said the stretch was known for accidents.

She said: “You only need to Google Bury Hill to know how many accidents we get here.”

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting Operation Stanley.

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9:23am Wed 27 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

There are remarkably few road deaths in Bermuda, but a high percentage of those are motorcyclists.

Let's hope he gets a fitting sentence should he be found guilty, and trust he'll not be adding to Bermuda's figures on his release.
There are remarkably few road deaths in Bermuda, but a high percentage of those are motorcyclists. Let's hope he gets a fitting sentence should he be found guilty, and trust he'll not be adding to Bermuda's figures on his release. ok,jared
  • Score: -4

9:55am Wed 27 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

I see that some people are upset that we punish those who break our laws.

Good!
I see that some people are upset that we punish those who break our laws. Good! ok,jared
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Motorbikes are death traps. The serious injury and fatality rate is frightening.
Motorbikes are death traps. The serious injury and fatality rate is frightening. sussexram40
  • Score: -10

2:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

RIP to the young man who lost his life.
RIP to the young man who lost his life. sussexram40
  • Score: 9

8:29pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Let's all hope for a lengthy custodial sentence.
Let's all hope for a lengthy custodial sentence. Valentinian
  • Score: 3

10:00pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

AmboGuy has gone very quiet on this topic.
AmboGuy has gone very quiet on this topic. ok,jared
  • Score: 0
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