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Old 02-11-2015, 05:40 AM   #1
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Sussex police release footage of wheelie biker crashing into van

The roads are no place for stunts or speeding says police sergeant

THIS is the moment a biker attempting to do a wheelie on the road at over 70mph crashes and then slides into the path of a passing van.

The footage released by Sussex police shows Lee Oliver, of Oakleigh Road, Horsham, losing control of his motorcycle and being highsided into oncoming traffic.

The 38-year-old rolls into a van before sliding another 15 metres down the road. According to a police report, the van was forced to brake so suddenly that a following car struck it from behind.

Both Oliver and another rider, Lee Cunningham, 39, had onboard cameras fitted to their bikes recording their journey as well as their speed.

Before the crash, Oliver had reached a speed of 130mph on the Cuckfield bypass while Cunningham hit 137mph, as well as travelling at almost three times the 30mph speed limit on another stretch of road.

Oliver’s crash on the B2102 in Uckfield at 9am on May 18 last year was captured by both the camera on his bike and a dashboard camera in the same van that he crashed into.

Cunningham and Oliver appeared at Lewes Crown Court last week where they both pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Each was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence, a four-year driving ban and received 200 hours of community service. They were also each ordered to pay a £1,000 fine and £700 costs.

Sergeant Huw Watts, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: ‘When you watch the video, it seems amazing that Oliver escaped with just minor injuries and concussion.

‘If he had come off his bike just seconds later he could have gone under the wheels of the van and been seriously injured or even killed.

‘Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users who usually come off worst when they are involved in a collision but this case shows how some can put themselves at risk by abusing the fact that their machines can go fast and perform stunts.

‘Every road user needs to think whether they are putting themselves in unnecessary danger and what they can do to avoid a trip to hospital.

‘The roads are no place for stunts or speeding.’

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