First picture of motorcyclist killed in Titchfield Common accident released

REMEMBERED Marcus Lowbridge
REMEMBERED Marcus Lowbridge

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THE death of a young biker has been called ‘an accident waiting to happen’ by one of the people who was first on the scene of his crash.

Michelle Pryce was driving home when she came across the immediate aftermath of the crash which led to the death of Marcus Lowbridge.

The 20-year-old, pictured, was riding his black Suzuki motorbike northbound in Hunts Pond Road in Titchfield Common when it collided with a blue Nissan Micra at 8.20pm on Saturday.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital, but died shortly before 10pm.

Mrs Pryce, of nearby Lyndale Road, said: ‘I couldn’t turn into my road because of where it happened, but I could see Marcus in the road in front of me and his bike on its side.

‘There were already four people with him trying to do whatever they could for him. My husband was one of the people who called 999.

‘This was a fatal accident waiting to happen.

‘I’ve been wanting something done about the main road here for a long time.

‘We need something to slow the traffic down – they come whipping up down here and now someone has died.

‘I’ve had a couple of near misses trying to pull out of my road on to Hunts Pond where I’ve had to slam my brakes on.

‘I contacted highways two years ago because I was concerned about safety and I was told in no uncertain terms that it would take a fatality for something to be done.

‘At the time it made me so angry, and now they’ve had that fatality.’

Ward councillor Jack Englefield had already started gathering a petition which 200 people had signed calling for improvements to be made to the road, before the accident. He wants traffic calming measures and a pedestrian crossing installed.

Since the accident, family and friends of Mr Lowbridge have been leaving flowers and gifts as well as gathering at the junction where it happened.

The driver of the Micra, a 56-year-old woman from Locks Heath, was uninjured.

She was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been bailed until May 20, pending further enquiries.

Police are continuing their investigation into the accident and are appealing for witnesses to call PC Rob Giles at Fratton roads policing unit on 101, quoting Operation Katrina.