AN experienced motorcyclist died while riding alone on a Chittering road, where there have been other fatal crashes, an inquest heard today (September 3).
Glenn Strickland, 43, died at Royal Perth Hospital from catastrophic neck and spinal injuries suffered in a crash on Julimar Road, in the Shire of Chittering, in January 2014.
The WA Coroner’s Court heard on Monday that between 2012 and 2016, there were 13 motorcycle crashes that resulted in death or serious injury on the road.
Counsel assisting the coroner Sergeant Lyle Housiaux said at the same corner, two riders had died before Mr Strickland – one in 2006 and another in 2011.
“A concern has been raised by Mr Strickland’s family as to the safety of Julimar Road with regard to motorcycles,” he said.
“Some remedial action has been undertaken by those responsible for the care of Julimar Road, including some major works to the alignment of the corner relevant to this matter.
“This may be a matter for you to consider during this inquest.”
The court heard Mr Strickland planned to ride his Harley Davidson from his home in Warnbro to Beverley, York, Northam and Toodyay, then meet up with family and friends for a barbecue at the Vines.
Sgt Housiaux said it seemed Mr Strickland drifted to the left of the road while negotiating a sweeping right hand bend, then went onto the gravel edge and down into a water drain running parallel to the road.
He travelled several metres before hitting a large rock and a tree trunk, forcing him to be ejected over the handle bars.
“Mr Strickland appears to have travelled a further 11 metres through the air before hitting the ground with his head taking the brunt of the impact,” Sgt Housiaux said.
The crash was not witnessed and it is not known how long Mr Strickland lay three metres from the edge of the road before he was found.
The inquest continues.