Pontypool neighbours tell of shock at biker’s death
10:40am Thursday 3rd January 2013 in Gwent news
NEIGHBOURS living on the Pontypool street where a biker died yesterday told of their shock at the tragic death.
The 22-year-old man from the Pontypool area died after a collision on Penygarn Road in Pontypool yesterday.
The rider was seriously injured and was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where he later died. He has not yet been named.
Mrs Redman, who did not want to give her first name, lives in a property overlooking the spot where the incident took place.
She said: “I was out when it happened or I would’ve heard something. The first I knew of it was when I got off the bus and I saw all the police and that the road was blocked off. When I got there I saw a motorbike laying on the floor and I asked where the ambulance was. Someone told me the ambulance had just left with a man in it.
“It’s just terrible, it really is so sad. I feel so sorry for that poor young man’s mother, or wife.
“The problem is people come so fast up this road, it can be very dangerous. Sometimes people don’t realise it’s a one-way road and they go down it the wrong way."
Another neighbour who did not wish to be named said: “Vehicles come up too fast up this hill, that’s the trouble. The police aren’t giving away much to us at the moment so we don’t even know if the car he hit was stationary or moving. I didn’t hear the crash, I didn’t know anything about it until I looked out of the window and saw five or six police cars. It's very sad."
Police left the scene and reopened the road at around 6.15pm on Wednesday night. Several floral tributes have been placed at the bottom of the one-way road where the accident had happened.
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information should call 101 or the collision investigation unit on 01633 642404.