“I hope that somebody benefits from it:” Family releases shocking video of fatal motorcycle crash

NORFOLK, England — David Holmes was wearing a helmet camera when he he was hit by a car turning in front of his motorcycle.

The 38-year-old was killed instantly, but the video was recovered intact.  Holmes’ family has released the video in an effort to raise awareness about safe driving and riding.

Brenda Holmes, David’s mother, begs not only motorcyclists, but drivers to be more attentive on the roads.

WARNING: This video may be disturbing to some viewers.

“I know (David) rode fast that day, he loved speed but he also loved life,” Brenda says in the video. “I just hope that somebody benefits from the warning; that people slow down and take time to look for bikes.”

8 comments

  • GimmeABreak

    Very sad but excessive speed appeared to be the main factor. He passed the car on his left and you can tell he was traveling way too fast for a country road with so many turns and blind spots. I ride a motorcycle and have for many years and I think the accident could have easily been avoided if we were traveling as a lower, safer speed.

    Now this is NOT to say I have never sped on my motorcycle but rarely if ever on a country road like that.

  • Hans Friedman

    The motorbike was obviously speeding. Did he see the SLOW written across the road right before the intersection of the crash? If he had been driving responsibly he might be alive today. He loved speed ok, there’s a place for that and it’s not on public roadways.

  • Matt

    The car did nothing wrong, this is just bad driving all around by the guy on the bike. He shifted and sped up right before the collision… I guess he thought he could get past the car before it turned. Just bad driving and a bad example.

    • Steve

      As someone who rides I don’t see how you’ve come to this conclusion. Looking at his right hand (throttle/brake) he lets off the throttle to coast, sees the car, grabs the brake. No part of this appears to be an attempt to overtake the turning vehicle. Sure he was going faster than posted, however it is equally the turning vehicles fault.

  • Glenn

    I’m seeing some really awful comments here. I don’t know if you guys watched the same video as I did, but I saw a car making a left turn through traffic that could have easily seen that the motorcycle was driving fast and adjusted for it. It doesn’t matter if the other party is speeding. If you can prevent an accident by waiting, then you are equally at fault for the accident. The guy was stopped at an intersection on a very long straightaway. He wasn’t turning a blind corner or anything.

  • Bill Drury

    His lack of awareness was a major contributor this is true. He was ridung a reported 97mph in a 60 mph road. He missed the junction signs the paint on the road and the slow sign. He was visible to the turning car for seven seconds. However the car driver admitted he did not see the bike nor the car behind the bike. (Drivers behind the turning car did) the car driver did not look and see properly and did not drive prepared to stop. You can see he swept through the turn. Fifty fifty really.

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