How tragic Ian's story is helping keep others safe

The story of a Lancashire biker killed in a crash is being used to help raise awareness of road safety.

Wednesday, 12th April 2017, 2:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:40 pm
Ian Entwistle of Newton was killed in a motorcycle accident in July 2015

Experienced rider Ian Entwistle came off his Suzuki while travelling from Newton to Freckleton.

The 34-year-old aircraft technician had just returned from a two-day superbike riding school and was on his way to his dad’s house along a short, familiar route.

Due to Ian’s position as he approached a bend, he didn’t see a car indicating to turn right in enough time, and was thrown from his bike as he tried to brake.

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Ian Enwistle's bike is being used in a safety show by Lancashire police

He suffered serious head and chest injuries and died at hospital later that day in July 2015.

Ian’s family has bravely allowed Lancashire police to use his story and lent his beloved bike to officers who will be giving out safety advice at biker events over Easter.

The motorcycle will also be taken on a trailer to the TT races on the Isle of Man in June for further safety awareness.

PS Finn Quainton, who attended the collision and works in roads policing, said: “The tragic and needless death of Ian Entwistle has devastated his family and nearly two years on, they want to prevent any other bikers losing their lives in this way.

Ian Enwistle's bike is being used in a safety show by Lancashire police

“Ian was very comfortable around bikes and they were one of his true passions in life. He was a very competent rider and this road was well known to him. However, familiarity with a route can lead to complacency and just because you think you know the road, doesn’t mean you do. Potential hazards are everywhere.

“If Ian had positioned himself towards the centre line of the road on his approach to the bend, he would have had a much earlier view of the car giving him more braking distance and the outcome of the collision might have been different.”

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