(FULL VERSION) Mother releases helmet cam footage of fatal bike accident for safety

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Hard-hitting footage of a fatal collision in Norfolk has been
released by police in a bid to get motorcyclists and drivers to think
seriously about road safety.The dramatic film, captured on a
headcam fitted to the rider’s helmet, shows the moment a car crosses
into the path of Norwich motorcyclist David Holmes who was killed on the
A47 at Honingham in June last year.David’s story, a video
featuring clips including the collision as well as an interview with his
mother Brenda, has been produced by police with the full support of all
his family, who hope the campaign will prevent further deaths.Viewers of the video are warned that it contains content which some
may find distressing, but it does not show any graphic images of the
rider during or after the collision and they are given the option to
refrain from viewing.The 38-year-old had been travelling at about
97mph at the time of the collision. While he was travelling above the
speed limit the driver admitted to police in interview that he had not
seen David, nor a car behind the motorcycle, prior to the collision.Chief
Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing
Unit, said the video was hard-hitting and understood public opinion
would be divided.He said: “The video is shocking; however this is
the reality of fatal collisions. The emotions people may experience
after seeing this video can only touch the surface of those feelings
that families and friends go through when losing a loved one in this
way.“The consequences of fatal collisions are devastating for all
involved and as such our message though education has to reflect this. I
firmly believe this footage is powerful enough to make riders and
drivers think about their behaviour on the road; and most important of
all, change it for the better.“I understand releasing such
footage will divide opinion; David’s family are in full support of the
material being released and we’ve worked closely with his mother Brenda
to ensure this is achieved in an effective and sensitive way.“The
causes of collisions are almost always the result of driver or rider
behaviour. Motorists, be it on two wheels or four, need to take
responsibility for their actions. I would urge riders and drivers to
think about their behaviour and what changes they could make to improve
their own safety and that of others on the road.“I’m confident
this campaign will make people take time to think about their actions on
the roads and allow David’s family to take something positive out of
this tragic event.“The aim of releasing this footage is not to
achieve agreement from the public; it’s about delivering messages around
road safety and how deaths can be prevented. I welcome the fact it will
create debate and, in my view, this will get people talking about road
safety; their actions behind the wheel or on a bike and it will go some
way to achieving our aims.”David had been travelling from King’s
Lynn towards Norwich when the collision happened at the crossroads with
Woods Lane and Berrys Lane. The driver of the Renault, who admitted not
seeing David or the car travelling behind, was prosecuted in April.
While David was travelling above the speed limit, a number of other
drivers had seen both the motorbike and the other car.Ch Insp
Spinks added: “We know from the footage that David was travelling up to
100mph. Regardless of the speed of the bike, the car manoeuvre should
not have been attempted. Clearly, he was taking a risk and has paid the
ultimate price. The majority of bikers ride responsibly however, I’m
sure many will relate to the riding style seen in this video. We know
motorcyclists are a vulnerable group and this sad case is a reminder to
all roads users to be alert to what is going on around you and to lower
your speed.”David’s mother Brenda, a retired nurse who lives in
North Walsham, said she hoped that by telling her story, she could help
prevent another family going through the heartache they had and continue
to experience.She said: “I want to be involved in this campaign
because I feel something positive can come out of his loss. If we can
prevent one accident; one family going through what we have been through
then David would not have died in vain.“I know he rode fast that
day, he loved speed but he also loved life. This hasn’t been an easy
thing to do but I just hope that somebody benefits from the warning;
that people slow down and take time to look for bikes. I’m not a perfect
driver, I’ve done silly things sometimes and I’ve been lucky to get
away with them, David wasn’t lucky, the driver wasn’t lucky.”Brenda,
a retired nurse, has seen the footage and said one of the saddest
things for her is that he could see what was going to happen. “He must
have had a moment of fear at the end of his life; I find that very hard
to deal with.