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2014-09-08 12:17

DRIVERS BEWARE: The shocking video of a collision between a biker and a car has been released by police in a bid for safety awareness. The video shows the moment of impact and last moments of the rider's life. Image: YouTube

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A shocking video shows a rider crashing into a car but, incredibly, his acrobatic skills allows him to escape unharmed - by landing onto the roof of a car!

LONDON, England - A mother has cleared for public viewing a video of her motorcyclist son's sudden death in a 160km/h crash to warn others of the consequences of speeding.

It was captured on a video camera attached to 38-year-old David Holmes' crash helmet and released by Norfolk County police. It shows a black car turning right in front of his fast-approaching motorcycle - and the appalling impact that killed him.

Holmes' mother Brenda says she gave her blessing for the video to be released in the hope that other drivers and riders would be more aware of each other on the road. In a statement released by the police she said:

"If we can prevent one accident, one family going through what we have been through, then David will not have died in vain."

CAR DRIVER GUILTY

The crash happened in June 2013 when the driver of a black Renault turned right into path of oncoming Holmes. Homes was estimated to be doing 160km/h on the dead-straight road which was covered by an 80km/h speed limit.

The car driver was found guilty of driving offences and ordered to serve 130 hours of public service and banned from driving for 18 months.

Warning: This video contains imagery which some people might find distressing.

WATCH THE VIDEO: David's story - safety campaign 2014

On the video posted online by Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, chief inspector Chris Spinks said the video was hard-hitting and understood public opinion would be divided.

The police said:  "The video is shocking but this is the reality of fatal collisions. The emotions people may experience after seeing this video can only touch the surface of the feelings that families and friends go through when losing a loved one in this way.

"I believe this footage is powerful enough to make riders and drivers think about their behaviour on the road and change it for the better."

Brenda Holmes added: “I know he rode fast that day, he loved speed but he also loved life. This hasn’t been an easy thing to do but I just hope that somebody benefits from the warning; that people slow down and take time to look for bikes.”
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