Man riding without a crash helmet is airlifted to hospital

Junction of Chestnut Avenue with Langdale Road, Carcroft.
Junction of Chestnut Avenue with Langdale Road, Carcroft.
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A MOTORCYCLIST who rode without a crash helmet has been left fighting for his life after a horrific crash on a Doncaster estate.

Rick Gray, aged 24, was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening head injuries when the bike he was riding crashed into the side of a car during an overtaking manoeuvre on a Carcroft estate.

A teenage boy who was riding pillion escaped with far less serious injuries because he was wearing a helmet, say police.

Last night Rick’s family were by his bedside at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, hoping for signs of recovery.

As his mum, Laurette Dickinson, left their home in Borrowdale Close, to travel to Sheffield, she said: “He’s not very good. He’s on life support with tubes in him.”

Passenger Brendan McMullen, aged 13, of Croasdale Gardens, was discharged from hospital after treatment for a broken arm and a gash on his side. His parents were unavailable to comment on the crash.

It happened at 7.30pm on Tuesday at the junction of Chestnut Avenue and Langdale Road.

A purple Citroen C4 Picasso and a black Yamaha NCX 125 Cygnus motorbike were travelling on Chestnut Avenue in the same direction north towards Owston.

The Citroen had intended to turn right into Langdale Road and when the Yamaha attempted to overtake, the two vehicles collided at the junction.

Chestnut Avenue resident Andrea Waugh, who comforted the shocked car driver afterwards, said: “It was terrible. My son goes to Outwood Academy Adwick with Brendan so we knew him, but he’s been lucky.

“There was a huge crowd gathered and the police had to move everyone back. It didn’t take long for the paramedics to get to the injured lad.”

A man living near the crash scene added: “It was horrendous, there was blood everywhere.

“The rider had a big gash on his head that I could see. There were cops everywhere.”

Police have confirmed the bike rider was not wearing a helmet when the collision happened.

The Citroen driver, a 30-year-old local man, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary suffering from shock but not detained.

Sgt Andrew Whittaker, of South Yorkshire Police road policing group, said: “I went to the scene of the collision. There were two people on that motorcycle.

“One of them had had a helmet on, and one did not. The lad who was wearing a helmet has serious injuries, but the protection afforded by the crash helmet saved him.

“The other sustained very serious, life-threatening head injuries.

“It goes without question that a crash helmet has to be worn at all times. When you look at the human body, if the head comes into contact with the road surface or a vehicle and you’re not wearing protective gear, there will be consequences.

“The other issue is that the helmet needs to be worn correctly, with a chin strap engaged at all times, because wearing it without a strap is as bad as not wearing one, because a sudden impact will make it come off.

“We are still appealing for witnesses to come forward. We want to know about both the motorcycle and the car.”

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 962 of June 7.