Motorcycle death prompts fundraising appeal

3321

THE SHOCKING death of 25-year-old Murwillumbah man Christopher Brooks who died in a motorcycle accident at Mount Lindesay Road on Sunday, April 30, has prompted a heartfelt appeal to help his partner and young son during an extremely difficult time.

Police said his motorcycle was believed to have left the road and gone into bushland at about 2pm.

He died at the scene and police from Richmond Local Area Command established a crime scene and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Tweed locals have since been sharing and encouraging the community to provide support to his partner Moana and son Linkin with a GoFundMe campaign set up.

“On the 30th of April, we lost an amazing man in a tragic motorcycle accident. Left behind are his son and partner,” the post reads.

“We as a community are here to rally together to raise much needed funds to ensure both Moana and Linkin are looked after and have absolutely everything they need to get through this time and prepare for the future.

“Every little donation helps and is greatly appreciated. Much love to everyone who can contribute.”

A goal of $5,000 has been set and the family are already more than halfway.

To find the GoFundMe link visit http://gofundme.com/moana-linkin-fund

The death was one of three motorcycle accidents in less than a week on NSW roads.
The number of motorcycle deaths in NSW this year now stands at 23 riders and one pillion passenger, which compares with 20 motorcyclists who died in the corresponding period last year (18 riders and two pillion passengers).

Overall, there have been 21 fewer lives lost on NSW roads compared with 2016 but motorcyclist deaths are up by 20 per cent.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, himself a motorcyclist, said the involvement of motorcyclists in fatal crashes increasing was deeply concerning in 2017.

“This is against the overall trend of road deaths,” he said.

“The events of the last 24 hours (April 30) are particularly disturbing when you consider three motorcyclists lost their lives on NSW roads during the entire month of March 2016.

“While the inquiries into each of these crashes are only in their infancy, I would like to encourage people to be more aware of vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists.

“When you ride, it gives you a different perspective on the behaviour of road users.”