A tragic accident in Deeside, Wales has claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy who had just bought a high-powered electric bike days earlier.
- the victim was travelling at 42km/h before crashing.
- the high-powered e-bike was a Chinese copy of the Stealth Bomber e-bike.
Jamie Michael Jones was travelling at 42km per hour when he crashed into a telegraph pole on the B5114 on December 12, 2021.
According to North Wales Police forensic collision investigator Gordon Saynor, CCTV footage showed Jamie cycling towards Garden City before leaving the path and crashing into the telegraph pole with no third party involvement.
It’s believed that the bike Jamie had bought was a Chinese copy of a Stealth Bomber, which can reach speeds of up to 110km/h and has an output of 800 watts. Electric bikes are required to have a maximum output of 250 watts to be classified as a bicycle.
Jamie suffered trauma to his abdomen and thorax and died in hospital shortly after the accident. Consultant pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson said Jamie’s injuries were consistent with impact at speed.
At the inquest into Jamie’s death, assistant coroner Kate Sutherland ruled that the death was accidental and acknowledged the pain and loss suffered by Jamie’s family. She offered her condolences and told them that “no inquest will be able to answer every single question that you have”.
This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety when using high-powered electric bikes. Riders should always wear appropriate protective gear and ensure they are operating their bikes within the legal limits of their country or region. Our thoughts are with Jamie’s family and friends during this difficult time.
(source: The Sun)