Thursday, 4 September 2014

David Holmes

We've just been informed of this and I felt we should share it. Sideburn tries to be relentlessly optimistic and a channel of good news, and if this hadn't been so close to home it probably would've have passed us by.

David Holmes had ridden to meet friends at Dirt Quake II (June 2013), had a brilliant day and set off to ride home. Like many riders seem to do now, he clicked on his helmet cam. The camera would film his last moments.

The local police, with permission from David's family, have used the footage of the accident that took his life in a Think Bike campaign that is designed to make motorists realise that if they don't concentrate they can kill other road users in a second, and to remind motorcyclists that death lurks on virtually every ride. I'm a motorist and a road rider. It's a hell of a reminder.

Read the full story here.

The video is below. It is very shocking. You won't forget it in a hurry.

RIP David Holmes.
Condolences to his family and friends.
Ride safe everyone else. G


Nick said...

O my God, that's tragic, one very brave Mum, Much respect and commiserations

McQmoto said...

Dreadful, simply dreadful. Nobody should lose their life as a result of someone else's momentary inattention; the consequence is so horribly disproportionate to the cause. And the pain and distress for family, friends and also the driver are terrible. Let's all hope that this tragic video helps to prevent accidents and save lives, which would at least bring some comfort to David's grieving family.

mp said...

That awful moment when you know you're going to hit something. Sad and shocking footage, I watched it and realized that it was that day of dirt quake 3, and I was totally oblivious to the incident. hopefully, no matter how tragic this is, that this will be seen by many people and serve to save a bunch of lives in the future. Looks like he had a ball on that last ride, except for the last few seconds. strange that we can watch this, imagine the ride, and still know life beyond that junction. A sobering piece of film.

Davidabl said...

From the footage It seems also possible that the motorist simply underestimated the rider's speed and overestimated his distance--this often happens in this kind of accident.