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Heartbroken mother releases footage of her son’s fatal motorcycle accident to the public

David Holmes was 38 years-old when he collided with an oncoming car at 97mph in Norfolk.

David Holmes was 38 years-old when he collided with an oncoming car at 97mph in Norfolk, near central London.

David was killed instantly at the scene, but his helmet camera captured the entire incident. In an amazing act of courage, his mother Brenda Holmes has taken the unusual step of releasing the footage to the public in an effort to encourage motorcycle and driver safety.

Some may find the video disturbing, but everyone should see it.

Watch:

40 Comments

40 Comments

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    jeb

    September 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I watch idiots ride their bikes 100mph in 50mph zones all the time. It’s sad but they are just waiting to get their casket out of layaway.

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    Adam Delia

    September 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

    It clearly says “slow” on the pavement. Clear enough when going as fast as he was. Its a sad affair but he is the primary one to blame.

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    fred flintstone

    September 6, 2014 at 3:57 am

    this was at least 50% the motorcycle drivers fault for SPEEDING.

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    Owl

    September 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    When you ride/drive that fast, you endanger everyone on the road. The motorcyclist was riding recklessly, clearly ignoring traffic laws, and going well above the speed limit. The car was well into the intersection when the motorcyclist was at a distance, and had he been doing the speed limit, the car would have had more than enough time to clear the intersection before he got there. This was not the fault of the motorist. This is a tragic story, but it seems to be more of a warning for motorcyclists to slow down and drive safe than it is for careless drivers.

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    Max Schmitt

    September 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Going at this speed? He was clearly a complete idiot and deserved no better! That’s the kind of morons giving all bikers a bad name. Yeah the car cut him off but he was clearly not prepared for a reckless dimwit speeding on his bike.

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    Anthony

    September 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    It’s not about blaming someone it’s about awareness for ppl on bikes to be careful not reckless

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    kimwimgoddess

    September 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Almost every night, on my ride home from work, one of these idiots passes me. Driving through traffic as if we are standing still, and we are pieces of an obsticle course for him (and it’s always a him) to weave around. We’re driving 75mph/120kp. He’s going at least 90-100mph/160. He dies? His ass. But it’s the damage he does to the other people in the accident, and the families he destroys that he has no right to that really makes me angry.

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    oscurado

    September 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Great Britain is not the United States, as much as you seem to want it to be all the time.

    There are no 50 mile an hour zones here and I’m pretty sure it’s the same even there that he had right of way, given how he is not turning or anything.

    Anyway, thanks again for showing us that wonderful intelligence, knowledge of other nations and compassion that you’re so famous for over there.

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    Alicia Mariah Elfving (MotoLady)

    September 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Every single time there’s a post about a motorcyclists death, 50% or more of the comments are blaming the victim. You know what? Just because someone on two wheels wants to have some fun twisting the throttle for a minute doesn’t mean they deserve to die. Nor do they deserve to have folks using their death as a way to point out their fault, wrongdoings, whathaveyou. Grow up, a human being DIED. Clearly there was more than one person at fault here, and it is terrible that is happened. If you were speaking to his mother in person, would you say, “Well, he WAS going almost 100mph”? Of course you wouldn’t. Because you’re only wankers while you’re hidden behind the safety of your computer and “anonymity”.

    RIP David. You are lucky to have had a mum who wouldn’t take back giving you your first motorcycle for anything, despite the unfortunate ending.

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    Liz

    September 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Actually, the accident is likely both parties’ fault. The driver turning has the primary responsibility to ensure that the field he is turning into is clear. The cyclist’s speed contributed to the accident. The variables would be whether the driver of the vehicle could see the cyclist. If the driver of the vehicle could be expected to see the cyclist, he would have been expected to not turn. If the cyclist speed was so great that the driver of the vehicle could not reasonably see the cyclist or stop in time, most responsibility would fall on the cyclist.

    That’s why we have accident investigators. Often accidents are apportioned; i.e., both parties are considered to be at fault. Maybe the cyclist bears 60% of the fault, and the vehicle 40% of the fault.

    There’s no way we can know from watching the video.

    In addition, this mother generously released this video, not for us to criticize her child, but to help us become aware that we all have a responsibility while driving — be alert, particularly for those more vulnerable than you (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists), and obey traffic laws because they are for your safety and the safety of others.

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    Tim

    September 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Sorry for your loss, but I’m very surprised the message is for drivers watching out for speeding motorcyclists. It should rather be a message to motorcyclists about not speeding.

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    Steve Pehnec

    September 7, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Shouldn’t have been driving like a maniac. Period.

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    common

    September 7, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Im ready to blame seriously fuck guys who drive 90 MPH+ on their bikes. Iv almost taken out more than a dozen in different situations becuase they want to act stupid. Want to bring awarness ? look at the link below , how many girls get on bikes with guys like this and in an attempt to show off they kill or permanently scar them.

    http://www.ride2die.eu/r2d.com/index.html

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    Dee Eee

    September 7, 2014 at 3:58 am

    “Deserved”? When you finally meet your end, I hope you are not so glibly dismissed. Or maybe I do.

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    Kris

    September 7, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Norfolk is no where near central London…

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    Bronco

    September 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I don’t get it. The biker was 100% at fault. 97mph on the freeway is a challenge in a muscle car but doing that on a bike in a relatively built up area is insane. RIP.

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    Boredinmin (@Boredinmin)

    September 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hard video to watch. The mother shows great strength in releasing it as a warning to other cyclists. The message couldn’t be clearer – on a bike, excessive speed kills.

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    Thom

    September 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I wonder what injuries he caused to the car occupants. He endangered their lives. Hope they were ok.

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    Tony Drake

    September 10, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I watch this and read the comments, his speeding didn’t cause the accident – the driver turning in front of traffic did. Whether he was travelling slow / fast, the fact the car crossed his path was the issue – I suspect at 20mile per hour he would have died… it’s like blaming an aircraft for flying, and being too high to see it was a civilian aircraft rather than the separatests on the ground launching the ground to air missile – yes, they shouldn’t have been there (over a war zone), but it was the missile who killed them.

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    Thomas

    September 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Highway Code, Rules for motorcyclists #88: Manoeuvring – when entering junctions and “filtering in slow-moving traffic take care and keep your speed low”.

    The pavement approaching the junction was clearly marked “SLOW”. Far from exercising care, the motorcyclist was driving recklessly and imprudently fast, disregarding speed limits, advisory warnings, and endangering the lives everyone around him.

    There are speed limits and he was clearly exceeding them. See Rule #125 of the code.

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    CodyandMelissa Hill

    September 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Hmm you think he had the right of way going 97 mph. How was the turning car suppose to be able to properly judge when to turn if the motorcyclist wast go twice as fast as everyone else.

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    Thomas

    September 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I tend to think that any comments here which point to faults on the part of the motorcyclist, David Holmes, were in response to his mother’s comments introducing the video footage of the accident, wherein she says that she hopes that, “motorists will slow down, they look before they turn to junctions, they think as a motorcyclist, ‘yeah, he’s going fast. What might he do?'” Unfortunately, she addresses the actions of motorists BEFORE motorcyclists, which I think creates a slight reaction.

    David was the one that needed to slow down. He was going well above the speed limit for a single carriageway and he was approaching a junction where the pavement was clearly marked “SLOW”. It bothers me that anyone would even suggest that the other driver, who will be haunted by the painful memories of this tragedy for the rest of his or her life, was even partly to blame, given the circumstances. It is more difficult to see a motorcycle in traffic to begin with, let alone one that is traveling at such an ill-advised speed. As sensitive as I am to motorcyclists in traffic, I can’t say that I would have seen David or avoided the accident. This is just honest.

    I speak as a fellow motorcyclist and also as one who drives a car.

    To David’s mother, Brenda Holmes, I am very sorry for your loss.

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    Thomas

    September 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Before jumping in and suggesting that a certain percentage of the blame should be apportioned to motorist (even though by your own admission you say such can’t be known from watching the video), how about demonstrating some sensitivity and compassion for this person’s conscience too.

    You do realize there is a chance they may see your comments here? Are you really so quick to heap blame on them?

    I can’t do that. I see one person clearly breaking the law and driving recklessly in this video. The video doesn’t present enough information about the actions of the other person and I don’t know what other witnesses may have to say. Does ensuring that the field one is turning into is clear also mean that one must anticipate the reckless, high-speed driving of another through a junction marked “SLOW”?

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    Angie

    September 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    My heart goes out to his Mother along with prayers for relief from the pain and grief she must surely be suffering! The video should serve as an eye opener for all motorists, no matter how many wheels your riding on!!!

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    MSD

    September 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    If you were more concerned about reading comprehension and not being a pompous, condescending, prejudice prick, you’d have noticed job was speaking anecdotally about his own experience related to the video. He wasn’t talking about traffic law in Britain, you dolt.

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    Alex Edwards

    September 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    You’re absolutely right. He should have converted mph to km before commenting.

    I’m sorry I just fail to see what he’s at fault for. The article even says he was going 97 *mph*. What point are you trying to drive besides the classic, “American’s are stupid”.

    You should probably get over yourself.

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    john

    September 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Motorola lady your an idiot, he was speeding and driving way to fast, his fault, end of story

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    Philadelphia speeding ticket

    November 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Dangerous driving and unlimited speed end in accidents.

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    careless driving

    December 2, 2014 at 5:11 am

    This is the very sad news for all…this instance just touching the heart.

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    lawyer for speeding tickets

    January 14, 2015 at 5:46 am

    The motorcyclist was riding recklessly, clearly ignoring traffic laws, and going well above the speed limit.

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    speeding tickets

    January 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Heart broken news for all….This is very sad and heart touching incident.

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