Sickening video shows biker thrown into the air in van crash



Shocking footage shows the sickening moment a motorcyclist was hurled into the air when he crashed into a van.

The video, which surfaced online and came from a camera mounted on the rider's helmet, shows the white van cutting in front of the Triumph Tiger 800 before the impact, which sent the rider into the air and on to the tarmac.

The camera seems to have become detached during the accident, which happened in north Wales, near Betws-y-Coed and lies in the road, looking up as the motorcyclist limps away.

According to Wales Online, 32-year-old Kevin Quirk of Pensby, on the Wirral, was left with a fractured elbow in the incident, which occurred at the junction of the A5 and the A470 on August 26 last year.

The website reported that the van driver – named as Ian Paul Smith, 57, of Maesgwyn Road in Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno – admitted careless driving at Flintshire Magistrates' Court in Mold, but said he had not seen Mr Quirk approaching.

Mr Smith was fined £80 plus £85 costs and a £30 surcharge. Five points were also added to his licence.

After the case, Inspector Alun Davies of the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: "This was a shocking piece of driving. It was only by good fortune the motorcyclist wasn't more seriously injured. I'd like to remind the motoring community to remain fully focused whilst driving – even a split-second's lack of concentration can have tragic consequences."