Police warn bikers to take care as concern grows at numbers killed this year (From The Northern Echo)
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Concern mounting as motorcycle deaths continue to rise
POLICE are highlighting their safety message to bikers and motorists as the number of motorcyclists killed on North Yorkshire’s roads continues to rise.
Concern is mounting at the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured on North Yorkshire’s roads this year.
So far 11 motorcyclists have been killed in the county – more than double the number killed during the whole of last year, when five died.
This afternoon, Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police Tim Madgwick will be joining the 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership in Helmsley, a popular stopping-off point with motorcyclists.
Over the last fortnight, there have been six fatal accidents on North Yorkshire’s roads, five of them involving motorcyclists.
Inquests were yesterday (Thursday, August 8) opened and adjourned into the deaths of two people who died in a collision on the B1257 near Newgate Bank not far from Helmsley on Saturday, August 3.
The crash involved a car and a motorcyclist.
The driver of the car has been named as Jennie Currer, 65, from Sacriston, County Durham and the motorcyclist who died was Gordon Andrew Bullock, 45, from Redcar.
A female passenger in the car, who was aged 75 and from Stockton, has now been discharged from hospital.
On the same day a 60-year-old motorcyclist from Lancashire died at Studley Roger near Ripon.
Last night (Thursday, August 8) another motorcyclist was killed, when a 48-year-old man died at North Duffield near Selby just before 6.30pm.
The crash involved a green Kawasaki motorcycle heading from the A19 and a blue BMW 5201 heading in the opposite direction.
Many more have also been injured in serious accidents.
This morning (Friday, August 9) a motorcyclist was involved in a serious road traffic accident at Arkendale near Knaresborough.
The collision between the bike and a Citroen C1 car happened on the slip road from the A59 on to the A168 at 10.45am.
Police say he suffered significant injuries and the A168 was closed to allow the air ambulance to land.
The road will remain closed while officers conduct their investigation into the collision.
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