Man killed after Bishop's Hull collision

Badgers Close where the incident happened

Badgers Close where the incident happened

First published in Taunton by

A MOTORCYCLIST has died following a collision with a people carrier-type van near Bishop's Hull.

The 25-year-old man was on his Yamaha bike at the Silk Mills Road and Badgers Close junction at around 8.25pm yesterday (March 21).

A man, 32, from Taunton, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention.

He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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2:35pm Thu 22 Mar 12

wilko84 says...

This is so tragic. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. R.I.P
This is so tragic. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. R.I.P wilko84
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5:50pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Costa Sparsi says...

I am so sorry I could not do more to save your life last night. It was a tragic and disturbing scene that I will never forget. It is vital that everybody pays constant attention to the road when they are driving so this kind of accident doesn’t happen. My thoughts are with your family. RIP.
I am so sorry I could not do more to save your life last night. It was a tragic and disturbing scene that I will never forget. It is vital that everybody pays constant attention to the road when they are driving so this kind of accident doesn’t happen. My thoughts are with your family. RIP. Costa Sparsi
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9:24pm Thu 22 Mar 12

madcow says...

so tragic, in a 30 MPH speed Limit.My heart goes out to the family and friends. Praise to the people who helped at the scene, and to the emergency services.
so tragic, in a 30 MPH speed Limit.My heart goes out to the family and friends. Praise to the people who helped at the scene, and to the emergency services. madcow
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11:04pm Thu 22 Mar 12

delboy11 says...

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of and released on bail. Currently it proves nothing. The arrest is done automatically at the scene of a crash.
The driver has been arrested on suspicion of and released on bail. Currently it proves nothing. The arrest is done automatically at the scene of a crash. delboy11
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11:32pm Thu 22 Mar 12

delboy11 says...

Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.
Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me. delboy11
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11:46pm Thu 22 Mar 12

charlotte231 says...

THINK BIKE! Drivers need to be aware of bikes as they cannot stop like cars, at the end of the day the inquest should reveal the details of the incident, but for now our thoughts should be with those involved. Not placing the blaime without fact.
THINK BIKE! Drivers need to be aware of bikes as they cannot stop like cars, at the end of the day the inquest should reveal the details of the incident, but for now our thoughts should be with those involved. Not placing the blaime without fact. charlotte231
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8:15am Fri 23 Mar 12

rady123 says...

My friend died that nite and all people are doing is assuming what happened people know what happened so stop making assumptions that's what the police are here for R.I.P mate see you soon
My friend died that nite and all people are doing is assuming what happened people know what happened so stop making assumptions that's what the police are here for R.I.P mate see you soon rady123
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8:57am Fri 23 Mar 12

Naomi84 says...

I used to know him and i am upset to hear of his loss. I know no more than anyone else, i was using an example. Nobody had assigned blame and i was just trying to give him some defence following the comment about it not being fair that the driver gets blamed. GENERALLY speaking, it is often the case of lack of visual awareness that leads to these kinds of accidents. It is not for us to accuse, i was just giving another side to the tragic story.
I used to know him and i am upset to hear of his loss. I know no more than anyone else, i was using an example. Nobody had assigned blame and i was just trying to give him some defence following the comment about it not being fair that the driver gets blamed. GENERALLY speaking, it is often the case of lack of visual awareness that leads to these kinds of accidents. It is not for us to accuse, i was just giving another side to the tragic story. Naomi84
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7:47am Sat 24 Mar 12

Anonone says...

So sorry to hear of this. I am a local resident and motorist, but have absolutely no knowledge of the details of this dreadful accident, and make no comment either way.
Coming out from Waterfield Drive though we do all have to watch the speed of the traffic on the downward stretch coming off the roundabout, with motorists seeming to get a head of steam particularly from the Wellington direction of the A38. The Silk Mills Road is 30mph ALL the way to the Cross Keys End and patience has to be maintained.
The road itself should hold no dangers and I would hate to see yet more restrictions placed on it though if lives are saved then we have to accept any changes
Does anyone know what happened on the same stretch of road, to force it's closure early afternoon on Friday? Motorists were diverted through Bishops Hull and queues developed right back through the the village from the Bishops Hull crossroads onto the A38. Would it not have been helpful for the Police to have an officer, or warden stopping A38 traffic to clear the backlog where some had to wait nearly half an hour. A diversion sign could have guided motorists down Waterfield Drive to resume their travels after going round the blocked portion of Silk Mills road. Poor traffic management and one wonders how they would cope with an emergency
So sorry to hear of this. I am a local resident and motorist, but have absolutely no knowledge of the details of this dreadful accident, and make no comment either way. Coming out from Waterfield Drive though we do all have to watch the speed of the traffic on the downward stretch coming off the roundabout, with motorists seeming to get a head of steam particularly from the Wellington direction of the A38. The Silk Mills Road is 30mph ALL the way to the Cross Keys End and patience has to be maintained. The road itself should hold no dangers and I would hate to see yet more restrictions placed on it though if lives are saved then we have to accept any changes Does anyone know what happened on the same stretch of road, to force it's closure early afternoon on Friday? Motorists were diverted through Bishops Hull and queues developed right back through the the village from the Bishops Hull crossroads onto the A38. Would it not have been helpful for the Police to have an officer, or warden stopping A38 traffic to clear the backlog where some had to wait nearly half an hour. A diversion sign could have guided motorists down Waterfield Drive to resume their travels after going round the blocked portion of Silk Mills road. Poor traffic management and one wonders how they would cope with an emergency Anonone
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8:33am Sat 24 Mar 12

Naomi84 says...

A black 4x4 had crashed into what looked like a parked delivery van. It was almost head on into the side of the van and there was quite a bit of debris. There were ambulances on scene and police were arriving as I passed. I got caught in it for 20 minutes. Haven't heard any more about it though.
A black 4x4 had crashed into what looked like a parked delivery van. It was almost head on into the side of the van and there was quite a bit of debris. There were ambulances on scene and police were arriving as I passed. I got caught in it for 20 minutes. Haven't heard any more about it though. Naomi84
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8:49am Sat 24 Mar 12

Costa Sparsi says...

delboy11 wrote:
Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.
I don't know a 2nd hand story, I was there. I know the facts. It was horrific, especially when your giving CPR and the mans sister, mother and father arrive at the scene to see their son in that condition.
[quote][p][bold]delboy11[/bold] wrote: Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.[/p][/quote]I don't know a 2nd hand story, I was there. I know the facts. It was horrific, especially when your giving CPR and the mans sister, mother and father arrive at the scene to see their son in that condition. Costa Sparsi
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9:47am Sat 24 Mar 12

Anonone says...

Oh Dear! Oh Dear! Having been involved in a few near misses, and losses of concentration in nearly 50 years motoring it just goes to show how tenuous life is.
Hopefully the second incident wasn't as a result of the first
Costa Sparsi, regrets, take care
Oh Dear! Oh Dear! Having been involved in a few near misses, and losses of concentration in nearly 50 years motoring it just goes to show how tenuous life is. Hopefully the second incident wasn't as a result of the first Costa Sparsi, regrets, take care Anonone
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11:17am Sat 24 Mar 12

Really8? says...

It appears that everyone thinks this has happened in 'normal' circumstances!! Has Speed been forgotten about?. This could have been avoided if the speed limit was adhered too.. Tragic tragic event.. RIP
It appears that everyone thinks this has happened in 'normal' circumstances!! Has Speed been forgotten about?. This could have been avoided if the speed limit was adhered too.. Tragic tragic event.. RIP Really8?
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11:32am Sat 24 Mar 12

Really8? says...

charlotte231 wrote:
THINK BIKE! Drivers need to be aware of bikes as they cannot stop like cars, at the end of the day the inquest should reveal the details of the incident, but for now our thoughts should be with those involved. Not placing the blaime without fact.
Drivers and riders should drive within their abilities and to the speed limit.. This tragic incident would not have happened if this was the case... Again RIP..
[quote][p][bold]charlotte231[/bold] wrote: THINK BIKE! Drivers need to be aware of bikes as they cannot stop like cars, at the end of the day the inquest should reveal the details of the incident, but for now our thoughts should be with those involved. Not placing the blaime without fact.[/p][/quote]Drivers and riders should drive within their abilities and to the speed limit.. This tragic incident would not have happened if this was the case... Again RIP.. Really8?
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12:08pm Sat 24 Mar 12

kymmer says...

Delboy11 fair play to u,u took the words out of my mouth. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the biker who was killed BUT have a bit of consideration for the other driver involved and what he must be going through!
Delboy11 fair play to u,u took the words out of my mouth. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the biker who was killed BUT have a bit of consideration for the other driver involved and what he must be going through! kymmer
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2:05pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Thurza says...

As a mother of motorcycling sons my heart goes out to this family. I know nothing about this accident but please 'Think Bike'.
As a mother of motorcycling sons my heart goes out to this family. I know nothing about this accident but please 'Think Bike'. Thurza
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2:39pm Sat 24 Mar 12

egg1969 says...

firstly i want to say how awfall and sad this accident has been ,my thoughts go out to all of his family and friends
I commute daily between taunton and wellington and nearly every day i have a bike stuck up my rear end trying to push me into the kirb also the riders are taking major risks when overtaking with cars ,lorrys and buses coming towards them with only a foot between them and they dont ride slowly, im an ex rider who gave up as it was starting to get to dangerous so i am seeing things from both sides.im getting fed up though with signs and people saying think bike when the rider should also think car,i dont no what happened on friday night but you can see why people assum that they know the answers
firstly i want to say how awfall and sad this accident has been ,my thoughts go out to all of his family and friends I commute daily between taunton and wellington and nearly every day i have a bike stuck up my rear end trying to push me into the kirb also the riders are taking major risks when overtaking with cars ,lorrys and buses coming towards them with only a foot between them and they dont ride slowly, im an ex rider who gave up as it was starting to get to dangerous so i am seeing things from both sides.im getting fed up though with signs and people saying think bike when the rider should also think car,i dont no what happened on friday night but you can see why people assum that they know the answers egg1969
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2:58pm Sat 24 Mar 12

charlotte231 says...

At the end of the day in this situation Eric has lost his life! regardless of bikes up the rear, speeding, travelling too close. In this particular situation the taxi pulled out in front of the bike! as eyewitnesses have confirmed. In regards to riders riding within there ability, i dont believe Eric would have intended on dying that eve!!
At the end of the day in this situation Eric has lost his life! regardless of bikes up the rear, speeding, travelling too close. In this particular situation the taxi pulled out in front of the bike! as eyewitnesses have confirmed. In regards to riders riding within there ability, i dont believe Eric would have intended on dying that eve!! charlotte231
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5:17pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Thurza says...

I do not think anyone should draw conclusions, I am so sad for everyone involved.
I do not think anyone should draw conclusions, I am so sad for everyone involved. Thurza
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7:36pm Sat 24 Mar 12

delboy11 says...

There are eye witnesses who are giving conflicting statements to others. Let the officials decide the conclusion but for god sake leave kids out of it! That poor girl as if the family arent going through enough! And before anybody starts going on at me I appreciate that the victims family and friends are suffering too. But still think there is far too much blame being thrown in one persons direction. Innocent until proven guilty!!
There are eye witnesses who are giving conflicting statements to others. Let the officials decide the conclusion but for god sake leave kids out of it! That poor girl as if the family arent going through enough! And before anybody starts going on at me I appreciate that the victims family and friends are suffering too. But still think there is far too much blame being thrown in one persons direction. Innocent until proven guilty!! delboy11
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1:19pm Sun 25 Mar 12

kymmer says...

charlotte231 wrote:
At the end of the day in this situation Eric has lost his life! regardless of bikes up the rear, speeding, travelling too close. In this particular situation the taxi pulled out in front of the bike! as eyewitnesses have confirmed. In regards to riders riding within there ability, i dont believe Eric would have intended on dying that eve!!
nobody said he intended to die but people need to stop pointing the finger of blame.Yes the taxi driver pulled out in front of the bikes but think about how fast the bikes then had to be going for this to become fatal??? and on a stretch of road that is meant to be a 30mph limit!
[quote][p][bold]charlotte231[/bold] wrote: At the end of the day in this situation Eric has lost his life! regardless of bikes up the rear, speeding, travelling too close. In this particular situation the taxi pulled out in front of the bike! as eyewitnesses have confirmed. In regards to riders riding within there ability, i dont believe Eric would have intended on dying that eve!![/p][/quote]nobody said he intended to die but people need to stop pointing the finger of blame.Yes the taxi driver pulled out in front of the bikes but think about how fast the bikes then had to be going for this to become fatal??? and on a stretch of road that is meant to be a 30mph limit! kymmer
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12:52pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Mike Rigby says...

Very sad. I see Somerset County Council is launching a 'Think Bike'-type campaign to remind drivers to take a little extra time to look for bikes as they pull out of junctions.....
Very sad. I see Somerset County Council is launching a 'Think Bike'-type campaign to remind drivers to take a little extra time to look for bikes as they pull out of junctions..... Mike Rigby
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3:46pm Mon 26 Mar 12

*Flick* says...

Very sad indeed - my thoughts are with his friends and family. I lost a dear friend a few years ago in a motorcycle accident, but most of the time that's what it is - an accident. Let's not cast blame on people - for now we should just spare a though for all involved, and that includes the driver of the car too.
Very sad indeed - my thoughts are with his friends and family. I lost a dear friend a few years ago in a motorcycle accident, but most of the time that's what it is - an accident. Let's not cast blame on people - for now we should just spare a though for all involved, and that includes the driver of the car too. *Flick*
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7:46pm Mon 26 Mar 12

creecher says...

*Flick* wrote:
Very sad indeed - my thoughts are with his friends and family. I lost a dear friend a few years ago in a motorcycle accident, but most of the time that's what it is - an accident. Let's not cast blame on people - for now we should just spare a though for all involved, and that includes the driver of the car too.
I hope your words are of comfort for those in need, but alas i think the middle aged motorcyclists amongst us and the young may not take heed.
[quote][p][bold]*Flick*[/bold] wrote: Very sad indeed - my thoughts are with his friends and family. I lost a dear friend a few years ago in a motorcycle accident, but most of the time that's what it is - an accident. Let's not cast blame on people - for now we should just spare a though for all involved, and that includes the driver of the car too.[/p][/quote]I hope your words are of comfort for those in need, but alas i think the middle aged motorcyclists amongst us and the young may not take heed. creecher
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8:11pm Mon 26 Mar 12

creecher says...

As my previous comments have been deleted i will state again that everyone owes a duty of care to other road users and that includes cyclists and pedestrians and the current advertisments for Think Bike doesn't address this.
I speak as a person who this loss has effected my daughter as she is friends with the family who have lost thier loved one.
As my previous comments have been deleted i will state again that everyone owes a duty of care to other road users and that includes cyclists and pedestrians and the current advertisments for Think Bike doesn't address this. I speak as a person who this loss has effected my daughter as she is friends with the family who have lost thier loved one. creecher
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2:35pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Number 2 says...

Costa Sparsi wrote:
I am so sorry I could not do more to save your life last night. It was a tragic and disturbing scene that I will never forget. It is vital that everybody pays constant attention to the road when they are driving so this kind of accident doesn’t happen. My thoughts are with your family. RIP.
Being the first people on the scene we did everything that we could do, it is something that will stick with me for a very ling time.

Im sorry i couldnt do anything more to help save your life.

RIP Erik and my thoughts are with everyone that is close to you... sleep well dude
[quote][p][bold]Costa Sparsi[/bold] wrote: I am so sorry I could not do more to save your life last night. It was a tragic and disturbing scene that I will never forget. It is vital that everybody pays constant attention to the road when they are driving so this kind of accident doesn’t happen. My thoughts are with your family. RIP.[/p][/quote]Being the first people on the scene we did everything that we could do, it is something that will stick with me for a very ling time. Im sorry i couldnt do anything more to help save your life. RIP Erik and my thoughts are with everyone that is close to you... sleep well dude Number 2
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2:50pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Number 2 says...

Costa Sparsi wrote:
delboy11 wrote:
Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.
I don't know a 2nd hand story, I was there. I know the facts. It was horrific, especially when your giving CPR and the mans sister, mother and father arrive at the scene to see their son in that condition.
I 2nd this. Unless you were there you canot say what happened or didnt.

we did what we could and gave him the best chnace, but this just wasnt enough and he sadly passed away in hospital.

RIP Erik

My thoughts go out to everyone that was close to him, those that helped trying to save his life and for those people that were at the scene on the night.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Sparsi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]delboy11[/bold] wrote: Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.[/p][/quote]I don't know a 2nd hand story, I was there. I know the facts. It was horrific, especially when your giving CPR and the mans sister, mother and father arrive at the scene to see their son in that condition.[/p][/quote]I 2nd this. Unless you were there you canot say what happened or didnt. we did what we could and gave him the best chnace, but this just wasnt enough and he sadly passed away in hospital. RIP Erik My thoughts go out to everyone that was close to him, those that helped trying to save his life and for those people that were at the scene on the night. Number 2
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7:52pm Thu 29 Mar 12

kymmer says...

Number 2 wrote:
Costa Sparsi wrote:
delboy11 wrote:
Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.
I don't know a 2nd hand story, I was there. I know the facts. It was horrific, especially when your giving CPR and the mans sister, mother and father arrive at the scene to see their son in that condition.
I 2nd this. Unless you were there you canot say what happened or didnt.

we did what we could and gave him the best chnace, but this just wasnt enough and he sadly passed away in hospital.

RIP Erik

My thoughts go out to everyone that was close to him, those that helped trying to save his life and for those people that were at the scene on the night.
but that is almost contradicting the original comment!? You said yourself you were the first ones on the scene, did u actually witness the accident happen?? because if you didnt then how can you know all of the facts. Once again my heart goes out to friends and family of erik BUT....have a bit of consideration for the other side involved.
[quote][p][bold]Number 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Sparsi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]delboy11[/bold] wrote: Again people are dishing out opinions without all the facts. I'm not gonna get into an arguement about it. It's very sad and there will always be ifs and buts. But I don't understand where you are coming from u obviously know a different story to me.[/p][/quote]I don't know a 2nd hand story, I was there. I know the facts. It was horrific, especially when your giving CPR and the mans sister, mother and father arrive at the scene to see their son in that condition.[/p][/quote]I 2nd this. Unless you were there you canot say what happened or didnt. we did what we could and gave him the best chnace, but this just wasnt enough and he sadly passed away in hospital. RIP Erik My thoughts go out to everyone that was close to him, those that helped trying to save his life and for those people that were at the scene on the night.[/p][/quote]but that is almost contradicting the original comment!? You said yourself you were the first ones on the scene, did u actually witness the accident happen?? because if you didnt then how can you know all of the facts. Once again my heart goes out to friends and family of erik BUT....have a bit of consideration for the other side involved. kymmer
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11:15am Fri 30 Mar 12

localmcnocal says...

Why do people who weren't there insist on arguing with people who were? Why are people insisting on voicing their onions on a story they have no other facts than what is published above, and arguing about it on here? All rather sad and pathetic given the outcome of the story. Every driver needs to look out for each other, bikers cyclists, horses, pedestrians, and stop getting hung up on who's to blaime.

ALL road users need to calm down a bit on today's roads, regardless of what you drive, ride, ect, and just look out for each other. Its not a race, you don't have to get there one car ahead, or 30 seconds quicker. The roads just seem to be full of people who are angry, impatient and too much of a hurry/very late for a life threatning event. As I say if we all just calm down, back off a little, and take a little more time when out and about regardless of if we are on foot , or driving whatever, we will make the roads a little more pleasurable if not a little safer,
Why do people who weren't there insist on arguing with people who were? Why are people insisting on voicing their onions on a story they have no other facts than what is published above, and arguing about it on here? All rather sad and pathetic given the outcome of the story. Every driver needs to look out for each other, bikers cyclists, horses, pedestrians, and stop getting hung up on who's to blaime. ALL road users need to calm down a bit on today's roads, regardless of what you drive, ride, ect, and just look out for each other. Its not a race, you don't have to get there one car ahead, or 30 seconds quicker. The roads just seem to be full of people who are angry, impatient and too much of a hurry/very late for a life threatning event. As I say if we all just calm down, back off a little, and take a little more time when out and about regardless of if we are on foot , or driving whatever, we will make the roads a little more pleasurable if not a little safer, localmcnocal
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