Animal may be behind road fatality

A NATIVE animal crossing the Batman Highway was behind a motorcyclist taking the evasive action that ultimately led to his death, police believe.
Nanjing Night Net

The 76-year-old Launceston man was pronounced dead at the scene at Hillwood on Sunday morning.

Police believe the man had been riding behind two vehicles when the car furthest in front pulled up because of an animal crossing the highway.

The second vehicle, a four-wheel drive Suzuki, pulled over to the highway’s shoulder to avoid hitting the car in front. The rider is believed to have swerved to avoid hitting the first car but in doing so has come off his bike and slammed into the car’s rear.

The man’s bike has continued on and struck the back of the Suzuki, occupied by an interstate family including a young child.

Passing motorists stopped to provide first aid to the rider, who is yet to be identified by police, until paramedics arrived.

Tasmania Police Inspector Darren Hopkins said there were no plans to charge anyone at this stage, however, the investigation was still in its infancy.

Speed and alcohol were not believed to be factors in the collision which occurred about 11.30am a kilometre from the East Tamar Highway intersection on a clear and dry day.

The death has prompted police to urge motorists to remain aware of their surroundings at all times.

Tasmanian Motorcycle Council spokesman Paul Bullock said the state’s 26th road fatality was very sad.

“He is just an innocent that got caught up in something that turned out to be tragic,” Mr Bullock said.

“It was just something he could not get out of it appears.”

Mr Bullock called on Tasmanian motorcyclists to consider enrolling in the Motorcycle Road Skills Course.

The course is offered over one day and includes a segment on riding techniques, bike control and management.

The Motor Accident Insurance Board pays for $150 of the $200 program.

Police are requesting anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Northern District Crash Investigators on 6336 3936 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police at the scene of the fatality on the Batman Highway.

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