Death sparks call for road changes

Rick Boye at the scene of the crash in Parmelia.
Rick Boye at the scene of the crash in Parmelia.

Mr Boye�s complaints come after an 18-year-old male rider died after crashing into a tree in the median strip on Parmelia Avenue, Parmelia, on Tuesday.

Police said the crash occurred when an unlicensed off-road motorcycle hit a tree. The rider, from Parmelia, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Rockingham Hospital. He died later as a result of his injuries. Major Crash is investigating.

Mr Boye said the teenager was a friend of his son.

�It�s up to the council to stop doing what they are doing. I am willing to offer up a financial donation for anyone who would like to take the council to court over obstacles in the middle of the roads,� he said.

Mr Boye has taught riders for 20 years and said the issue was a bigger problem in Kwinana than other nearby local governments.

He said motorcyclist Robert Stephen McGee died in 2002 at the intersection of Chisham Avenue and Tanson Road, Parmelia.

The State Coroner�s annual report 2003-2004 said Mr McGee died of injuries after crashing into a small limestone wall built around a central section within a roundabout. At the time, the Coroner recommended local governments not install limestone walls or other �non-frangible� hazards on roundabouts unless there was a need to do so.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said it was unfortunate someone had lost their life and a family had lost a loved one.

�That is the focus right now and it would be inappropriate for the City to comment on matters that are the subject of police investigations,� she said.