Fatal Wheddon Cross collision inspires bike safety campaign

Somerset County Gazette: INSP Dave Mangan with his father, Mike, who was killed in a head-on collision. PHOTO: Submitted. INSP Dave Mangan with his father, Mike, who was killed in a head-on collision. PHOTO: Submitted.

A ROAD policing inspector who tragically lost his father in a motorbike collision has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding whilst tired.

Mike Mangan, aged 72, from Bolton, was killed in a head-on crash near Wheddon Cross on September 11.

Mike was on the last ten miles of a 320-mile journey and his family believe tiredness was a factor in his death.

His son, Insp Dave Mangan, from the Lancashire Constabulary was with his father at the time of the collision.

He has created a short film about his father’s final ride which tells the story of the collision and offers advice on how riders can stay safe.

It will be shown in various parts of the country including Avon and Somerset. Insp Mangan said: “My family and I are still trying to come to terms with what happened.

“We miss him every day.

“My dad was a keen biker; he was trained as an advanced motorcycle observer and used to teach other motorcyclists how they could stay safe on the roads.

“We have decided to use this tragic incident to help educate other riders.

“If it reminds just one biker of the dangers faced by riding whilst tired then it will be a success.”

A ride to Land’s End from Preston in memory of Mike will start on April 9.

Insp Mangan will be joined by friends and colleagues as he leads the ride to promote the campaign.

A minute’s silence will take place in the village of Wheddon Cross, about half a mile from where Mike was killed, at around noon on Friday, April 11.

Insp Mangan will also attend the national BikeSafe show which takes place at Castle Combe on April 12 where the film will be shown.

You can also view the film on YouTube by searching for ‘Mike’s last ride.’

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