Motorcyclist dies after crashing into tree in Farnworth

The scene of the accident in Frederick Street, Farnworth

The scene of the accident in Frederick Street, Farnworth

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A MOTORCYCLIST has died after he lost control of his bike and crashed into a tree.

Local residents desperately tried to save him but the 42-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had suffered severe head and neck injuries One neighbour who tried to save the motorcyclist said he was with him when he “took his last breath”.

The victim, who it is understood lives nearby, hit the tree as he rode his blue Suzuki motorbike in Frederick Street, Farnworth, at about 3.30pm today.

It is not thought there were any other vehicles involved but police have opened an investigation to establish the full facts.

Andy Brownley, who lives in nearby in Westwood Close, was decorating his daughter’s bedroom when he saw the bike hit the tree.

Mr Brownley, who works at Farnworth Care Home and administers first aid as part of his day-to-day duties, rushed outside to help.

He said: “We knew his family years ago, they only live nearby.

“His brother was in hysterics, screaming ‘save him’ at the paramedics.

“We were all looking for a pulse but there was none. We tried our absolute best.

“It is horrible. We tried helping him but we could not. It feels like we have failed. His brother was shouting, ‘please save him’, but we couldn’t do it.”

He added: “It must be heart-breaking for the family. My condolences go out to them.”

Police are investigating and appealing for witnesses.

Sgt Brian Orr said: “Our thoughts are with his family, who are understandably devastated by the tragic news.

"We have officers supporting them as best we can at this difficult time and are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the full facts.”

Any witnesses or people with information can call police on 0161 8564745.

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5:10pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Crazy 38 says...

Motorbike crash, rider sadly died
Motorbike crash, rider sadly died Crazy 38
  • Score: -1

6:07pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Reality50 says...

Frederick Street is a disgrace and the standard of the road is Third World. Virtually no tarmac in places,especially near Lidl and a danger to cyclists and motorists. The local Labour councillors and roads departments have ignored the issue for years.
Frederick Street is a disgrace and the standard of the road is Third World. Virtually no tarmac in places,especially near Lidl and a danger to cyclists and motorists. The local Labour councillors and roads departments have ignored the issue for years. Reality50
  • Score: 70

6:09pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Reality50 says...

Frederick Street also needs traffic lights at both ends.
Frederick Street also needs traffic lights at both ends. Reality50
  • Score: -11

6:28pm Sun 27 Jul 14

123beverley says...

Such sad news to hear my thoughts are with the riders family R I P an other life taken
Such sad news to hear my thoughts are with the riders family R I P an other life taken 123beverley
  • Score: 20

6:57pm Sun 27 Jul 14

davidjb says...

shame, might of been taking the 'chicane' a little too fast or had to avoid an oncoming vehicle as they always drift over covering both lanes on the bend. hope no children witnessed it from the dentists
shame, might of been taking the 'chicane' a little too fast or had to avoid an oncoming vehicle as they always drift over covering both lanes on the bend. hope no children witnessed it from the dentists davidjb
  • Score: -15

7:17pm Sun 27 Jul 14

GrumpyB says...

im sure i hear the guy was an experienced rider... i see people fly round that double chicane at silly speeds, Reality your correct on the condition its very very bad, like all roads in farnworth, the councils never listen too busy figuring what to say they spent money on... How many people have to be injured on our roads until something is done... Policing is pathetic camera vans are strategically placed on bends where they cant be seen, put them near our schools, play areas Hospitals etc... I drive faster than the speed limit sometimes, but never in a dangerous manner, and i only drive faster than allowed cause i refuse to look at the speedo in the event im distracted. RIP fella and My deepest sympathy to all loved ones effected by this incident!
im sure i hear the guy was an experienced rider... i see people fly round that double chicane at silly speeds, Reality your correct on the condition its very very bad, like all roads in farnworth, the councils never listen too busy figuring what to say they spent money on... How many people have to be injured on our roads until something is done... Policing is pathetic camera vans are strategically placed on bends where they cant be seen, put them near our schools, play areas Hospitals etc... I drive faster than the speed limit sometimes, but never in a dangerous manner, and i only drive faster than allowed cause i refuse to look at the speedo in the event im distracted. RIP fella and My deepest sympathy to all loved ones effected by this incident! GrumpyB
  • Score: 21

8:20pm Sun 27 Jul 14

mb63 says...

Frederick St is an horrendous road. It has been badly maintained for years.
The has been some resurfacing and patchwork repairs, but it is seriously rutted, especially near the chicanes.
I use this street on a daily basis, and the amount of times i have had to take evasive action on the bends is incalculable!
It is a very busy road as it links the 2 main Farnworth roads whilst avoiding King St or Longcauseway.
It needs traffic calming islands or making one way.
This was bound to happen sooner or later.
RIP to the bike rider.
Frederick St is an horrendous road. It has been badly maintained for years. The has been some resurfacing and patchwork repairs, but it is seriously rutted, especially near the chicanes. I use this street on a daily basis, and the amount of times i have had to take evasive action on the bends is incalculable! It is a very busy road as it links the 2 main Farnworth roads whilst avoiding King St or Longcauseway. It needs traffic calming islands or making one way. This was bound to happen sooner or later. RIP to the bike rider. mb63
  • Score: 10

8:26pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Concerned resident2 says...

People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there.
Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.
People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there. Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming. Concerned resident2
  • Score: 6

9:05pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Grumpy_Trucker says...

There have been at least four occasions where garden walls or fences have been damaged / near demolished by cars taking that chicane too fast. The council have been asked to put traffic calming measures into effect on the road and have refused to do so, citing "emergency service vehicle access". As a result cars and bikes continually race along Frederick Street and apparent speeds over 50mph aren't unusual. As residents, we've been saying for a long time that it'll take someone to get killed before the council act. Maybe this will do it. All it needs is traffic humps like they've put everywhere else speed is an issue. Or even have the police tucked into Dyson Close for a week booking the speeders / dangerous drivers. As others have said, the state of the road is a disgrace. It nearly completely crumbled after the couple of harsh winters we had, and all that was done was the last 25 yards or so at each end were resurfaced and the rest had the holes patched.
There have been at least four occasions where garden walls or fences have been damaged / near demolished by cars taking that chicane too fast. The council have been asked to put traffic calming measures into effect on the road and have refused to do so, citing "emergency service vehicle access". As a result cars and bikes continually race along Frederick Street and apparent speeds over 50mph aren't unusual. As residents, we've been saying for a long time that it'll take someone to get killed before the council act. Maybe this will do it. All it needs is traffic humps like they've put everywhere else speed is an issue. Or even have the police tucked into Dyson Close for a week booking the speeders / dangerous drivers. As others have said, the state of the road is a disgrace. It nearly completely crumbled after the couple of harsh winters we had, and all that was done was the last 25 yards or so at each end were resurfaced and the rest had the holes patched. Grumpy_Trucker
  • Score: 7

10:35pm Sun 27 Jul 14

jus' visitin says...

Very sad. R.I.P
Very sad. R.I.P jus' visitin
  • Score: 3

10:59pm Sun 27 Jul 14

BBBBBBXX says...

R.I.P
R.I.P BBBBBBXX
  • Score: 0

2:00am Mon 28 Jul 14

HOOSIER says...

RIP Mike.
Mike lived in this area he was not cutting through and it was not on the chicanes.
RIP Mike. Mike lived in this area he was not cutting through and it was not on the chicanes. HOOSIER
  • Score: 15

2:33am Mon 28 Jul 14

Reality50 says...

Can Bolton Council please now do something on Frederick St as a matter of urgency? Get the entire road resurfaced and have a few road humps or traffic islands. Also can the local councillors actually do something on this issue rather than sit on your backsides as you seemingly love to do.
Can Bolton Council please now do something on Frederick St as a matter of urgency? Get the entire road resurfaced and have a few road humps or traffic islands. Also can the local councillors actually do something on this issue rather than sit on your backsides as you seemingly love to do. Reality50
  • Score: 11

7:33am Mon 28 Jul 14

bolton12 says...

to busy building a mosque
to busy building a mosque bolton12
  • Score: 18

7:51am Mon 28 Jul 14

Grumpy_Trucker says...

HOOSIER wrote:
RIP Mike.
Mike lived in this area he was not cutting through and it was not on the chicanes.
Agreed, it wasn't on the chicane but that bend is a major contributory factor to the excessive speeds on Frederick Street. I'm making no judgements on the bike rider in question - other than past observations of bikes on this road - but surely now this road needs urgent attention with respect to repairs and calming before another family has to face the loss of a loved one. Be that another rider, car driver or pedestrian.
[quote][p][bold]HOOSIER[/bold] wrote: RIP Mike. Mike lived in this area he was not cutting through and it was not on the chicanes.[/p][/quote]Agreed, it wasn't on the chicane but that bend is a major contributory factor to the excessive speeds on Frederick Street. I'm making no judgements on the bike rider in question - other than past observations of bikes on this road - but surely now this road needs urgent attention with respect to repairs and calming before another family has to face the loss of a loved one. Be that another rider, car driver or pedestrian. Grumpy_Trucker
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Mon 28 Jul 14

SupeRed09 says...

Concerned resident2 wrote:
People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there.
Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.
Great idea. Maybe we should introduce new rules with signs at the end of each road stating permissable destinations whilst using that road, and people like yourself deciding exactly where you are allowed to travel to on any given road, and we could also employ 'road nazis' like yourself to stand waving a judgmental finger at drivers that don't comply.

The road goes between the two busiest roads in the immediate area, do you really expect people go the long way around when there is zero reason to do so?
[quote][p][bold]Concerned resident2[/bold] wrote: People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there. Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.[/p][/quote]Great idea. Maybe we should introduce new rules with signs at the end of each road stating permissable destinations whilst using that road, and people like yourself deciding exactly where you are allowed to travel to on any given road, and we could also employ 'road nazis' like yourself to stand waving a judgmental finger at drivers that don't comply. The road goes between the two busiest roads in the immediate area, do you really expect people go the long way around when there is zero reason to do so? SupeRed09
  • Score: 9

1:45pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Grumpy_Trucker says...

SupeRed09 wrote:
Concerned resident2 wrote:
People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there.
Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.
Great idea. Maybe we should introduce new rules with signs at the end of each road stating permissable destinations whilst using that road, and people like yourself deciding exactly where you are allowed to travel to on any given road, and we could also employ 'road nazis' like yourself to stand waving a judgmental finger at drivers that don't comply.

The road goes between the two busiest roads in the immediate area, do you really expect people go the long way around when there is zero reason to do so?
Yes, it's a convenient cut through but that doesn't mean people should fly down it at the speeds they do. Really, spend some time on there. Get a deck chair and sit there for a few hours at different times of day and marvel at how there's not been more fatalities on it. Then ask yourself if you'd want driving behaviour like that on the access roads to your house, and your family crossing it having to run for it most times.

And as for 'road nazis' there's already plenty of roads that are 'access only or restricted access. It's not an unreasonable statement that removing cut through access should be considered. The only reason so many people use it is because one of the other options, King St, has lights at either end and they don't want to be delayed by a minute or two and the other, Queen St, is probably almost unknown. I think most people would be happy with humps to be honest. Although the road surface is not suitable for the volume of traffic it now gets and a complete resurface should be a matter of urgency, not a quick skim like it got last time.
[quote][p][bold]SupeRed09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Concerned resident2[/bold] wrote: People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there. Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.[/p][/quote]Great idea. Maybe we should introduce new rules with signs at the end of each road stating permissable destinations whilst using that road, and people like yourself deciding exactly where you are allowed to travel to on any given road, and we could also employ 'road nazis' like yourself to stand waving a judgmental finger at drivers that don't comply. The road goes between the two busiest roads in the immediate area, do you really expect people go the long way around when there is zero reason to do so?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's a convenient cut through but that doesn't mean people should fly down it at the speeds they do. Really, spend some time on there. Get a deck chair and sit there for a few hours at different times of day and marvel at how there's not been more fatalities on it. Then ask yourself if you'd want driving behaviour like that on the access roads to your house, and your family crossing it having to run for it most times. And as for 'road nazis' there's already plenty of roads that are 'access only or restricted access. It's not an unreasonable statement that removing cut through access should be considered. The only reason so many people use it is because one of the other options, King St, has lights at either end and they don't want to be delayed by a minute or two and the other, Queen St, is probably almost unknown. I think most people would be happy with humps to be honest. Although the road surface is not suitable for the volume of traffic it now gets and a complete resurface should be a matter of urgency, not a quick skim like it got last time. Grumpy_Trucker
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Mon 28 Jul 14

John Edwards says...

Bolton council don't give a **** about the roads around Bolton. Hotel Street in Bolton is being resurfaced in the pedestrian area, Why? Trinity Street is being resurfaced, did it need it? I don't think so. Orlando bridge is another mess, on top and Manchester road end. If the bridge is week, get it sorted by whoever owns it. Bolton council just waste money everywhere. Bolton also is a dump, and it will take more than a few town center unnecessary so called repairs to sort it out.

RIP Mike. Sad news, thoughts are with your family
Bolton council don't give a **** about the roads around Bolton. Hotel Street in Bolton is being resurfaced in the pedestrian area, Why? Trinity Street is being resurfaced, did it need it? I don't think so. Orlando bridge is another mess, on top and Manchester road end. If the bridge is week, get it sorted by whoever owns it. Bolton council just waste money everywhere. Bolton also is a dump, and it will take more than a few town center unnecessary so called repairs to sort it out. RIP Mike. Sad news, thoughts are with your family John Edwards
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

amir1988 says...

Mike was an experienced rider and lived right next to the accident area. Knowing him I don't think he would go at any silly speed. RIP mate you will be missed
Mike was an experienced rider and lived right next to the accident area. Knowing him I don't think he would go at any silly speed. RIP mate you will be missed amir1988
  • Score: 10

10:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

amir1988 says...

^exactly
^exactly amir1988
  • Score: 0

12:51am Tue 29 Jul 14

GrumpyB says...

there have been some nice and considerate comments on here for once apart from a few unintentional thoughtless comments, im glad to see for once that this has not turned into taking awaay the fact somones loved one lost there life,
i believe this road should be bollarded at the end of the tile shop but be automated like town centres for abulances this could be triggered using wifi quite simply if the ambulance is on a call they all have up to date GPS the bollards come down when ambulance is on call and in the area, throw a couple cameras up theres ya parkin revenue guarenteed if somone cuts through...! see done 3/4 of the work for you and it didnt cost ya a penny so we tax payers are happy... that would make that area of farnworth more safer for everyone it would boost demand for planning too for maybe something recreational , remember kids and youngsters come to farnworth.. they need something to do... Speed humps arent the way,, they damage cars no matter how slow you drive over them.


i feel i have taken away the most important topic of why we are commenting , and i reservedly apollogise to anyone offended. a family has lost a loved one who can't be replaced no matter what, because of the road conditions or its drivers or even its pedestrians or any other factor as there would have been less chance of this unfortunate event occuring had there been something done about this road much sooner.

If anyone who knows Mike happens to read this i mean no disrespect by posting this comment as i haave thought about it long and hard.. i hope you dont feeil i have shown lack of any consideration with my comments, i feel on a whole im speaking for pretty much eneryone who is commenting right now.

my sincere condolences

may he rest in peace
there have been some nice and considerate comments on here for once apart from a few unintentional thoughtless comments, im glad to see for once that this has not turned into taking awaay the fact somones loved one lost there life, i believe this road should be bollarded at the end of the tile shop but be automated like town centres for abulances this could be triggered using wifi quite simply if the ambulance is on a call they all have up to date GPS the bollards come down when ambulance is on call and in the area, throw a couple cameras up theres ya parkin revenue guarenteed if somone cuts through...! see done 3/4 of the work for you and it didnt cost ya a penny so we tax payers are happy... that would make that area of farnworth more safer for everyone it would boost demand for planning too for maybe something recreational , remember kids and youngsters come to farnworth.. they need something to do... Speed humps arent the way,, they damage cars no matter how slow you drive over them. i feel i have taken away the most important topic of why we are commenting , and i reservedly apollogise to anyone offended. a family has lost a loved one who can't be replaced no matter what, because of the road conditions or its drivers or even its pedestrians or any other factor as there would have been less chance of this unfortunate event occuring had there been something done about this road much sooner. If anyone who knows Mike happens to read this i mean no disrespect by posting this comment as i haave thought about it long and hard.. i hope you dont feeil i have shown lack of any consideration with my comments, i feel on a whole im speaking for pretty much eneryone who is commenting right now. my sincere condolences may he rest in peace GrumpyB
  • Score: 0

3:31pm Tue 29 Jul 14

SupeRed09 says...

Grumpy_Trucker wrote:
SupeRed09 wrote:
Concerned resident2 wrote:
People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there.
Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.
Great idea. Maybe we should introduce new rules with signs at the end of each road stating permissable destinations whilst using that road, and people like yourself deciding exactly where you are allowed to travel to on any given road, and we could also employ 'road nazis' like yourself to stand waving a judgmental finger at drivers that don't comply.

The road goes between the two busiest roads in the immediate area, do you really expect people go the long way around when there is zero reason to do so?
Yes, it's a convenient cut through but that doesn't mean people should fly down it at the speeds they do. Really, spend some time on there. Get a deck chair and sit there for a few hours at different times of day and marvel at how there's not been more fatalities on it. Then ask yourself if you'd want driving behaviour like that on the access roads to your house, and your family crossing it having to run for it most times.

And as for 'road nazis' there's already plenty of roads that are 'access only or restricted access. It's not an unreasonable statement that removing cut through access should be considered. The only reason so many people use it is because one of the other options, King St, has lights at either end and they don't want to be delayed by a minute or two and the other, Queen St, is probably almost unknown. I think most people would be happy with humps to be honest. Although the road surface is not suitable for the volume of traffic it now gets and a complete resurface should be a matter of urgency, not a quick skim like it got last time.
Can you point out anywhere in my post that advocates speeding. No?
Sooo, you don't actually have a point then.

And yes I'm sure it would be annoying to live on said road(s), however it is a public road being used legally. My issue was with the ridiculous statement that basically eluded to 'people shouldn't drive up my street, unless they live here'.
Now suggesting the removal of cut-through acess is a completely different story, one that isn't at all unreasonable, and also one that I would suport.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy_Trucker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SupeRed09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Concerned resident2[/bold] wrote: People just need to stop using this road as a cut through, to be honest I'm surprised we haven't had more fatalities the amount of traffic and the speed of vehicles we get on there. Terribly sad about the cyclist today but its been coming.[/p][/quote]Great idea. Maybe we should introduce new rules with signs at the end of each road stating permissable destinations whilst using that road, and people like yourself deciding exactly where you are allowed to travel to on any given road, and we could also employ 'road nazis' like yourself to stand waving a judgmental finger at drivers that don't comply. The road goes between the two busiest roads in the immediate area, do you really expect people go the long way around when there is zero reason to do so?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's a convenient cut through but that doesn't mean people should fly down it at the speeds they do. Really, spend some time on there. Get a deck chair and sit there for a few hours at different times of day and marvel at how there's not been more fatalities on it. Then ask yourself if you'd want driving behaviour like that on the access roads to your house, and your family crossing it having to run for it most times. And as for 'road nazis' there's already plenty of roads that are 'access only or restricted access. It's not an unreasonable statement that removing cut through access should be considered. The only reason so many people use it is because one of the other options, King St, has lights at either end and they don't want to be delayed by a minute or two and the other, Queen St, is probably almost unknown. I think most people would be happy with humps to be honest. Although the road surface is not suitable for the volume of traffic it now gets and a complete resurface should be a matter of urgency, not a quick skim like it got last time.[/p][/quote]Can you point out anywhere in my post that advocates speeding. No? Sooo, you don't actually have a point then. And yes I'm sure it would be annoying to live on said road(s), however it is a public road being used legally. My issue was with the ridiculous statement that basically eluded to 'people shouldn't drive up my street, unless they live here'. Now suggesting the removal of cut-through acess is a completely different story, one that isn't at all unreasonable, and also one that I would suport. SupeRed09
  • Score: 3

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