Video: David’s Story

09/04/2014 @ 11:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS
  • Jackoat

    I am pleased his Mum didn’t criticise his speed, which wasn’t a big factor in my mind. It was ‘open’ road and not in a an urban area. That motorist could have done that to a ‘blood’ biker, a paramedic, or a police bike perhaps, etc.
    As she says, both parties need to think a bit more, and motorists must give more than their typical 0.25 seconds to look, register, and think before they pull out, or across.
    I don’t blame anyone. No-one does that deliberately, it was a mix of inattention and/or poor risk management on both sides. A tragedy.

  • jeram

    I was a bit shocked after watching that. His scream at the end made me a bit tight in the chest.
    Its scary and is exactly why I will always do no more than 5 or 10 over the limit no matter what.

    Ill let my idiot mates fly past me on the back roads, Im not tempted at all to catch them.
    going silly fast is for the race track and thats the only place I allow myself to do it

  • Pietro

    Heart wrenching!

  • Sven

    I don’t mean to be harsh, but speeding and passing illegally (not sure, maybe where he was it was a legal pass, I’m not from UK) caused this unfortunate crash. The driver in the video may technically be at fault for making a turn into oncoming traffic, the motorcyclist took several improper actions absent which, I don’t think this crash would have occurred.

    First, he passed a car in the middle lane where there didn’t appear to be a passing lane. Maybe it was a legal pass, I don’t know, but if the driver looked up at the car before the motorcyclist had overtaken it, he might have assumed based on how fast that car was going and how far away it was, and the fact that there was not an apparent passing lane, that he was in the clear to make his turn when it came up. He would not have anticipated a motorcycle that was previous not in front of the car to suddenly be in front of the car. Should the driver have checked more carefully? Sure, but when you’re on a bike you have to beware of the consequence of slipping through traffic. You appear in places where drivers don’t expect you.

    Second, the speed. We all ride fast and it has its consequences. The biker seemed to be doing 80-90 in a 45-55. Maybe that is not in fact the case, but if he had been going slower/under the limit, there’s a good chance the driver would have had more time to see him and brake or swerve, and he would have had time to brake or swerve as well. The driver may have not seen him simply because he only looked as far down the road as he would need to to see cars driving the limit. He probably didn’t anticipate anyone coming from deep and arriving at the intersection so quickly when he started his turn.

    Speeding and passing aggressively got this guy killed. I ride, and enjoy driving fast and passing aggressively on a frequent basis. That’s a choice. But I know I can’t expect a car to see you when you’re weaving and doing 90. The onus is on us to ride defensively if we are going to ride fast. Ride safe out there mates

  • spamtasticus

    I have been riding for several decades and racing for two. I have had several close calls on the street and think about the factors and forces involved often and in detail. I hardly ride on the street any more and when I do I, the superbike racer in the group, am the most conservative. What happened to that man is horrific but in this case I trully appears to me that his speed was the direct cause of his death. When a vehicle is traveling at twice the speed every other vehicle is traveling and twice as fast as anyone would expect then to be comming then it is very difficult to fault that car. He could be looking down the road as we all do to see if he can turn and car after car goes by at a speed within our expected parameters and perhaps you even see the bike in the distance comming towards you. The problem is that calculating the speed of something comming at you is not very easy for our brain to do accurately so it fills in the blanks with educated assumpions that in this case were wrong. If you want to ride like that, my suggestion is get out to track days or get a racing license. No cars, no sand, no texters, no intersection and considerably more enjoyment. My heart goes out to that mother and the pain and dark thoughts that will surely permiate her life.

  • TexusTim

    the car misjudged his speed if you watch frame by frame it appears the driver saw him but was committed to the turn. frame 253 the rider rolls of the gas to hit the brake..he hits the car at frame 254 that’s one tenth of a second.
    rip david

  • smiler

    The rider was speeding, the driver did not look properly. If the rider had been obeying the speed linit, the risk of being killed might have been less but was still significantly. I agree with the last contributors comments.

    I am sure the driver feels aweful.

    Driving / riding on the road is not a contact sport or a competion, it is a cooperative activity.

  • WOW!! That’s one strong Mom watching her sons last ride. Always hard to judge the speed of bikes as they ride towards you thats why i always wait for bikes to pass never try to beat it. R.I.P. David……….

  • Jw

    Posted speed limits do have wisdom..

  • H.L.

    Highway speeds on the streets. I watch countless Youtube motorcycle crash videos to saturate my mind with many scenarios and how to handle them best I can. They have helped me on several occasions especially at intersections.

    A manageable speed allows for an evasive maneuver and recovery or the ability to create some separation from a vehicle to lessen the impact, or just go down without vehicle impact. Even if he reacts quickly and goes left, his speed would’ve sent him deep into the trees without a chance to bring it back around the car and back into his lane.

    I’ve also watched videos where the rider wasn’t at fault and the rider didn’t have a chance no matter. Dangerous passion we all have that can result in unfortanate tragedy for sure.

    R.I.P. David

  • JA

    this exact thing happened to me on wednesday (minus the speeding and passing cars part), and i got away with a fractured clavicle. gmc truck turned right into me. feeling really lucky right now.
    r.i.p. David

  • MikeD

    Speeding, a “hot” head and lack of thought . . . even if the driver had part of the blame. But specially speeding, seems like he got NO TIME TO REACT (only enough to say something and die), pretty sad shit.

    The same crash could have probably been a lot less serious if he were doing limit or less. Even swerving and going towards The Woods could have been a way better choice. JMO.

    Why would you speed up so much in such a CRAPPY TINY 2 WAY, 2 LANE road ? ! (0_O)

    Hope to never see myself involved in such a tragedy.

  • Shinigami

    The UK is infested with crappy, tiny, 2 way 2 lane roads. This unfortunate fellow was hooning at unreasonable speed for the traffic conditions and is as much to blame as the cager. He relinquished reaction time and space, and paid the ultimate penalty.

    Probably something all of us do from time to time, myself certainly included. Luck runs out, so you have to leave time and space for skill to save you.

  • Club

    As mom said, he loved speed and all happened at the wrong time. All said, the plea was for everyone to do a better job. Certainly he had a lot to do with this crash but there are so many like this where the biker was doing it all correct and a driver 1/2 paying attention due to all of the distractions available today.
    Slow down, expect this to happen, pick the right places to make a run if you must but not while sharing a 3 lane road with cars. If you always drive fast you are asking for it just like someone in a car, except yours has graver consequences. Track days help you ride more safely on the road or should, because you’ll realize what a dangerous place the road is.

    RIP friend … You were doing what you loved and simply got caught going fast at the wrong time.
    Thank you mom for giving us all a great reminder to slow down and think… Cars and bikes.

  • paulus

    RIP buddy.
    Unfortunately, I saw myself when watching that.
    Judge how you will, but I defy any rider to not admit that they have not had an incident which was a near miss…. compounded by the extra speed they were carrying.