Speed investigated in fatal motorcycle crash at Mt Morgan
SPEED appears to have been a major factor in a crash which killed a motorcyclist near Mt Morgan on Friday, police say.
The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing its investigations into two motorcycle traffic crashes over the weekend, with both investigations centring on speed and licence statuses as contributing factors.
A Gladstone man in his 50s was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a utility at Walmul, west of Mount Morgan, on Friday afternoon.
A 47-year-old Yeppoon woman remains in a serious condition with head injuries in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital following a single-vehicle motorcycle traffic crash on Yeppoon-Rockhampton Rd on Saturday.
Forensic Crash Unit officer in charge Sergeant Ray Pimm said police were considering speed and licence status of the riders in both incidents.
"It's sort of a pattern," he said.
Sgt Pimm said police were waiting for the results of toxicology reports regarding the fatality on Friday.
"It would appear speed was a main contributing factor of the motorcycle," he said.
"We are also investigating the status of the rider's licence; it is believed he was a disqualified driver.
"He was speeding around a corner and crossed onto the wrong side of the road when the ute coming hadn't been able to avoid (the motorcycle) and tried to steer away."
Sgt Pimm said rider inexperience was being investigated as a contributing factor to the motorcycle crash on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd.
Investigations into both traffic crashes are continuing and police urge anybody with information to contact Policelink on 131 444.