Crash motorcyclist named

 The scene of the accident. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
The scene of the accident. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

THE motorcyclist killed in a high-speed crash on a busy Lavington intersection on Wednesday was yesterday named as Joshua Dobson.

Mr Dobson had worked at DSI Holdings, Lavington, for four months.

The company yesterday expressed sadness at his death, and tried but failed to contact his family to send flowers in sympathy.

Mr Dobson, 22, of Albury, who had been riding in Dick Road, smashed into the windscreen of a Ford Territory, travelling south, at the Wagga Road intersection.

The impact was so great he was then flung into the windscreen of a second car, a Ford Falcon sedan heading north on Wagga Road. The crash happened about 4.30pm.

It was first reported Mr Dobson had been flung into the path of the second car.

Police said the driver of the sedan, a woman, 46, was taken to Albury hospital with minor chest injuries.

Several people tried to resuscitate Mr Dobson but he died at the scene.

Acting Insp Chris Wallace said while it could take time to determine Mr Dobson’s exact speed, “we believe he was travelling at a considerable pace”.

“He was 22 years old, he’s a member of our community and it’s a tragic thing that’s happened. Our hearts go out to the family,” he said.

“It’s a terrible thing.”

The circumstances leading up to the collision remain a mystery.

“We don’t know exactly where he’s come from although he was travelling west on Dick Road,” Insp Wallace said.

“Police who were not that far away attended the scene and attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful.”

The high-speed impact split the Suzuki GSX-R 750cc motorcycle in two.

One witness described seeing cars swerving left and right in front of him before the crash, which left hundreds of fragments of Mr Dobson’s motorcycle across the road.

Insp Wallace acknowledged the crash need not have happened, given the traffic laws Mr Dobson disobeyed.

“But it’s happened. It’s a tragic day and it will be tragic weeks, months and years ahead for the family of the poor fellow,” he said.

Insp Wallace said the intersection was not known as a blackspot.

“It’s an intersection where you have to take caution when you approach it,” he said.

“You have to give way to the traffic — with Wagga Road being the old Hume Highway it’s obviously a main road where you have to take extra care.”

Insp Wallace said the crash clearly would have been a traumatic experience for other motorists.

“I don’t think you’d expect while driving along Wagga Road for that to happen to you,” he said.