Residents demand action after woman motorcyclist dies in horror crash

Daily Echo: Scene of fatal motocycle crash at junction of Moorhill Road and Southern Road in West End Scene of fatal motocycle crash at junction of Moorhill Road and Southern Road in West End

POLICE have launched an investigation after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on a Hampshire main road yesterday.

The 50-year-old woman’s Yamaha bike was in collision with a grey Vauxhall Insignia.

The crash happened junction Moorhill Road and Southern Road in West End - an accident blackspot where residents are demanding action.

Paramedics took her to Southampton General Hospital but she suffered massive head injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Police are yet to formally identify her but said last night she was from Southampton.

The Vauxuall driver, a 33- year-old man from Fareham, was uninjured in the collision and was released after being questioned by police.

Shocked neighbours warned that the junction is a notorious accident black-spot and is getting more dangerous.

Elaine Smith, 61, from Southern Road, said: “There was this huge bang that sounded like an airbag going off.

“I saw the car on the corner and a woman walking by with her hands to her face in shock before ambulances and police cars arrived.

“It’s so awful the motorcyclist has died – it just isn’t right.

“It’s a lethal, dangerous corner and it’s always so busy at rush hour.

Neighbour Charles Stuart, 63, who offered cups of tea to bystanders and emergency services, said: “There were blue lights everywhere and they were putting the woman in an ambulance.

“It was apparent she was in a bad way.

“This road is quite a problem and it’s a constant source of anxiety for me.”

A 73-year-old neighbour who did not want to be named said: “It’s tragic – but it isn’t the first time something like this has happened round here.

“They need to do something about the road.”

Police sealed off Moorhill Road between Telegraph Road and West End Road for nearly seven hours as crash investigators studied the wrecked bike lying on its side and scoured the carriageway for clues.

Motorists faced severe delays as traffic built up in the surrounding roads in the West End and Bitterne areas before it reopened at 3.15pm.

Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the area at the time to contact Sergeant Rob Heard at the Eastleigh Roads Death Investigation team on 101.

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8:53am Wed 19 Feb 14

Forest Resident says...

The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends
The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends Forest Resident

9:30am Wed 19 Feb 14

Crazywolf says...

Such a shame.

Sadly it's not the first time that the road authorities wait until someone dies before listening to residents' concerns. Even sadder, it won't be the last either.
Such a shame. Sadly it's not the first time that the road authorities wait until someone dies before listening to residents' concerns. Even sadder, it won't be the last either. Crazywolf

9:39am Wed 19 Feb 14

townieboy says...

a trajic accident but all junctions have there problems. This one is no different. Any one turning right has to take extrs care for motorcycles.
a trajic accident but all junctions have there problems. This one is no different. Any one turning right has to take extrs care for motorcycles. townieboy

11:55am Wed 19 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends
No it doesn't
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends[/p][/quote]No it doesn't Mary80

3:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

dolomiteman says...

There is nothing wrong with the layout of that road, it is the same as most main roads with a side road turning. The only way to stop incidents happening is to ban motor vehicles from using the roads.

I know I will get a lot of thumbs down for this comment but face the facts it is the road users that cause the problems not the road layout.
There is nothing wrong with the layout of that road, it is the same as most main roads with a side road turning. The only way to stop incidents happening is to ban motor vehicles from using the roads. I know I will get a lot of thumbs down for this comment but face the facts it is the road users that cause the problems not the road layout. dolomiteman

6:46pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mike coll says...

Mary80 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends
No it doesn't
Well, I don't think its to hard to suggest the car pulled over the path of the oncoming bike. I understand that you may wish to defend the driver or wait until the police report is finished but the picture gives a clear indication of what happened. I fail to see how the motorcycle caused this collision.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends[/p][/quote]No it doesn't[/p][/quote]Well, I don't think its to hard to suggest the car pulled over the path of the oncoming bike. I understand that you may wish to defend the driver or wait until the police report is finished but the picture gives a clear indication of what happened. I fail to see how the motorcycle caused this collision. mike coll

7:07pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

mike coll wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends
No it doesn't
Well, I don't think its to hard to suggest the car pulled over the path of the oncoming bike. I understand that you may wish to defend the driver or wait until the police report is finished but the picture gives a clear indication of what happened. I fail to see how the motorcycle caused this collision.
I have to agree, you can see where the bike hit the car, I also know this road well and have seen some close calls, I've even seen the aftermath of when this happened between 2 cars at this very junction.
[quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: The photo from the scene speaks a thousand words, my condolences to the motorcyclists family and friends[/p][/quote]No it doesn't[/p][/quote]Well, I don't think its to hard to suggest the car pulled over the path of the oncoming bike. I understand that you may wish to defend the driver or wait until the police report is finished but the picture gives a clear indication of what happened. I fail to see how the motorcycle caused this collision.[/p][/quote]I have to agree, you can see where the bike hit the car, I also know this road well and have seen some close calls, I've even seen the aftermath of when this happened between 2 cars at this very junction. Ginger_cyclist

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