Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Debris Trail Points to Likely Cause of Death

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Debris Trail Points to Likely Cause of Death

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Byline: Tara Miko tara.miko@thechronicle.com.au

THE trail of debris from a powerful road bike leading to the scene of a fatal traffic crash south-west of Toowoomba indicates to police speed was a major factor in a Leyburn man's death.

The man's 1998 Kawasaki ZX9 Ninja road bike shattered on impact with a tree just metres from the Toowoomba-Karara Rd.

Police believe the man died on impact but lay undiscovered for at least six hours.

Early investigations suggest the crash happened between 8am and 2pm on Monday but those parameters could change as inquiries continue.

Speeding emerged as the most likely cause of the crash due to the smattering of debris at the scene off a smooth stretch of the Toowoomba-Karara Rd which serves as a thoroughfare for residents in the area.

Forensic Crash Unit Senior Constable Jon Reid said investigations were expected to continue for weeks.

Snr Const. Reid said the rider had been wearing suitable motorbike protective gear including a helmet and long clothing. …

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