Witnesses say motorcyclist speeding just before fatal crash

9PM: Witnesses to a fatal motorcycle crash yesterday described seeing the rider overtake a truck at high speed seconds before losing control.

Emergency services were called to Lobb St, Churchill about 9.45am yesterday after the rider crashed about 100m from the entrance of the Sandy Gallop Golf Club.

The stolen motorcycle was travelling towards Ipswich when, police said, it veered off to the right hand side of the road at high speed, hurtling out of control about 100m along the grass shoulder before re-entering the road and crashing.

Lobb St was closed from both ends as paramedics desperately tried to revive the rider, whose body came to rest on the centre lines. The 750cc Suzuki sports bike, which was not displaying any registration plates, ended up sliding a further 30m into a 60kmh sign.

Subsequent checks revealed the bike had been stolen from Brisbane's north side on August 29.

Inspector Dave Preston said the deceased man was not carrying a wallet or any identification, but did have a mobile phone.

He said police were making efforts to confirm the identity of the rider, however they believed he was a 25-year-old who was living with friends in the area.

"We believe excessive speed is a significant factor in the crash," Insp Preston said.

Paramedics spent more than half an hour trying to save the man's life. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from the forensic crash unit attended and began examining track marks left by the motorcycle leading up to the crash.

A nearby resident said speeding vehicles were a regular worry on Lobb St.

"You get the young ones occasionally drag racing along here," she said.

"We have been here 28 years now and have seen quite a few accidents. We even had a car crash through our fence and into the shed years ago."



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