Investigation launched into bike crash road

Marcus Lowbridge
Marcus Lowbridge
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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into road safety at the spot where a biker died.

The Casualty Reduction Partnership – made up of Hampshire and Fareham councils and police – is looking at the possibility of adding new safety measures at the northern end of Hunts Pond Road in Titchfield Common.

Marcus Lowbridge, 20, from Locks Heath, died after his Suzuki motorbike collided with a Nissan Micra on Hunts Pond Road at about 8.20pm on Saturday.

Fay Reeve lives on the corner of Hunts Pond Road and Admirals Road, and has contacted the county council asking it to do something to sort out the situation there.

Miss Reeve, 32, said: ‘This was my parents’ home before I came back here, so I’ve grown up in this area and seen how much this road has changed.

‘People do travel so quickly down that road now, and you get lots of people parking on the road which forces you on to the wrong side.

‘It’s not a great junction.

‘Admirals Road leads down to Park Gate Junior School, so we get a lot of children around here as well.

‘I have seen the odd shunt between vehicles down there in the mornings, but nothing like this before.

‘I’m not the kind of person who usually gets involved, but I felt I had to do something.

‘There have been people gathering there for Marcus each evening – it’s very sad.’

In a letter to Miss Reeve, Jenny Rees, road safety engineer at the county council, said: ‘As with all fatal and potentially fatal accidents which occur on roads maintained by Hampshire County Council, it will be the subject of an individual investigation by the Casualty Reduction Partnership.

‘The five-year injury accident history for each location is carefully examined to ascertain if there have been previous collisions with similar circumstances and a site visit is arranged.

‘The purpose of the visit is to consider if there are any appropriate measures that will enhance safety.’

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 appeal for witnesses to the incident.

Anyone with any information should contact PC Rob Giles at Fratton roads policing unit on 101, quoting Operation Katrina.