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Darton Man Who Died In Bike Accident Named

Monday March 26 2012




THE DARTON man who died when his motorbike collided with a car in Mapplewell on Friday has been named by police.

Paul McGrath, 47, was involved in the accident on Darton Lane at around 10am on March 23.

He was riding a blue Honda motorbike and collided with a Mazda, driven by a 19-year-old woman, which came out of the junction and into the path of the bike.

Paul suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital.

Anyone who saw the collision or the manner of driving prior to it is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 292 of 23 March.

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Reply Posted by John on Monday March 26 2012 at 13:50
Another inexperienced driver..
There is a government petition to bring motorcycle awareness to all driving tests..
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26272   Please sign this.

Reply Posted by 5inonehouse on Monday March 26 2012 at 14:54
John who says it a inexperience driver? if it was that cut and dry why are they asking for for witnesses love x Please think about what you put before adding links x

Reply Posted by Jacko75 on Monday March 26 2012 at 15:59
Not sure how relev ent prior driving is.

Reply Posted by John on Monday March 26 2012 at 20:31
The evidence is in the statement above...  She is 19 years old, so that says she has only been driving for a few years...  it could be much less, but either way, still inexperienced.
Also the statement says she pulled out in front of the bike.
I am not having a go at anyone... accidents do happen, and this is one of them.
The link is to make drivers more aware of the dangers bikers face, exactly how this occurred.

Reply Posted by MichaelChamberlain on Tuesday March 27 2012 at 10:30
As a biker
myself, I am constantly aware of the potential dangers around every corner.
This is a tragic event, resulting in the most dyer consequences.
But let us not forget this will be something that this young woman will have to
deal with every day for the rest of her life. I imagine the scene and events
that occurred will never leave her.
The witness request deals with a statement of fact that the bike must have hit
the side of the car and hence the car was in the bikes path, I don’t think it
intends to lead one way or the other, hence the call for witnesses. We don’t
know the manner of driving/riding on either side and as such don’t believe this
is the correct fora for us to speculate as I don’t believe that is fair for the
undoubtedly grief stricken family of this poor man. I agree that Motorcycle
awareness should be highlighted as part of driver training in hope that tragic
collisions such as this would hopefully decrease. However I don’t believe a
statement for witnesses should bring speculative accounts of how you read the said
statement. We don’t know the facts surrounding this collision and this release
is asking for information from those that do.
We should all be extra careful when on the road and our thoughts and prayers
should be with the family of the man who has lost his life in this collision.
 

Reply Posted by MichaelChamberlain on Tuesday March 27 2012 at 10:30
As a biker
myself, I am constantly aware of the potential dangers around every corner.
This is a tragic event, resulting in the most dyer consequences.
But let us not forget this will be something that this young woman will have to
deal with every day for the rest of her life. I imagine the scene and events
that occurred will never leave her.
The witness request deals with a statement of fact that the bike must have hit
the side of the car and hence the car was in the bikes path, I don’t think it
intends to lead one way or the other, hence the call for witnesses. We don’t
know the manner of driving/riding on either side and as such don’t believe this
is the correct fora for us to speculate as I don’t believe that is fair for the
undoubtedly grief stricken family of this poor man. I agree that Motorcycle
awareness should be highlighted as part of driver training in hope that tragic
collisions such as this would hopefully decrease. However I don’t believe a
statement for witnesses should bring speculative accounts of how you read the said
statement. We don’t know the facts surrounding this collision and this release
is asking for information from those that do.
We should all be extra careful when on the road and our thoughts and prayers
should be with the family of the man who has lost his life in this collision.
 

Reply Posted by driver on Tuesday March 27 2012 at 13:24
The junction she pulled out of is bad one anyway could have happened to anyone no matter how long they been driving for

Reply Posted by Kelley213 on Wednesday March 28 2012 at 11:36
He was a really nice man very well loved by many people in darton

Reply Posted by Dave. on Wednesday March 28 2012 at 11:49
A tragic accident and the loss of a good mate,and alot of if onlys, experienced or inexperienced, driving 2 years or 22, as the saying goes look once, look twice, think bike. RIP paul.

Reply Posted by sharon townsend on Wednesday March 28 2012 at 12:22
a very tragic incident and a loss of a good family man darton will never be the same without paul he was a legend rip paul sleep with the angels 

Reply Posted by Beckybam92 on Wednesday March 28 2012 at 12:27
I am 19 and recently passed my test. If the junction she came out of is bad then its hardly her fault. During my driving lessons there was one junction I hated coming out of cause you had to practically guess when to pull out because by the time you had pulled out far enough to be able to see you were in the path of oncoming traffic. So you can't blame it all on inexperience some young drivers are better and safer then older people. Especially people in bigger then your average car such as vans. So stop sticking it on us young ones.

Reply Posted by Guest on Wednesday March 28 2012 at 13:22
I use that junction regularly and to be fair there is a few things there that can and does cause a blind spot on bikes coming downhill, I'm very aware of bikers with some family members being riders it does make you double check but I have nearly pulled out on a couple there and I've been driving 20 years

Reply Posted by AMY MCGRATH on Wednesday March 28 2012 at 21:27
i have walked up and down the road where the accident happened and can not understand why the hell she did not see him?? careless that's all i can say!! i don't see it been a bad bend really, and as for the state of the way he was driving. he ALWAYS drove with care, he was NOT speeding the person who followed on behind him stated that, and as for her having to deal with this for the rest of her life well we have to live with him not been here for the rest of r life's... all i no is he got robbed of is life for no apparent reason and everyone should look for bikes not just pull out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Nickycarl on Thursday March 29 2012 at 10:17
r.i.p paul xx

Reply Posted by Nickycarl on Thursday March 29 2012 at 10:17
r.i.p paul xx

Reply Posted by Brian Harrison on Thursday March 29 2012 at 11:27
at junctions and roundabouts look once look twice look bike
and when driving if everyone played spot the biker
ie every time you see a bike you shout bike or get driving instructors to instruct students to spot the biker this would train every one in looking for bikes
this does work it trains brain to look for bikes also car drivers should use the life saver look that bikers use looking over shoulder before pulling out to overtake or before turning left or right

Reply Posted by Stacey10adams on Thursday March 29 2012 at 13:24
well said lvi keep ya head up lass xx

Reply Posted by Debbie wood on Thursday March 29 2012 at 18:54
So sorry to hear this am a biker myself and fully agree its not always us bike riders going fast all time it's the car driver can't be bothed to look at all

Reply Posted by Neal Smith (Smiggy) on Thursday March 29 2012 at 19:57
R.I.P Graffi. (The general)  A very sad tragedy.  Still cannot believe it.  Smiggy. Neal smith.

Reply Posted by richard taylor on Friday March 30 2012 at 21:14
paul will be sadly missed