Motorcyclist killed overtaking on twisty stretch of Harju County road

A PPA officer.
A PPA officer. Source: PPA

A motorcyclist was killed in a road traffic accident in Harju County on Saturday. Police say the head-on fatal collision, on a minor road, happened when both the motorcyclist and a car driver simultaneously attempted overtaking maneuvers in opposing directions and on a notably twisty and narrow stretch of road.

The accident happened at 12.40 p.m. on Saturday, close to the village of Kaberneeme, about 30 km east of Tallinn.

The motorcycle was being ridden by a 47-year-old man who was struck by a passenger car traveling in the opposite direction. The motorcyclist died at the scene.

"According to preliminary information received, the vehicles were moving towards each other, and both were in the process of overtaking at the time, but neither was able to return to their lane in time to complete their maneuver sand they collided in the middle of the road," Kaja Rand of the Ida-Harju Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) station said.

After colliding, both vehicles ended up in a roadside ditch. The driver of the car, its only occupant, was unharmed, and was not under the influence of alcohol, it is reported.

Toxicology analysis is to reveal if the deceased was under the influence of alcohol.

The stretch of road where the fatality took place, between the villages of Kaberla and Kaberneeme, contains twists and bends, and is narrow, with a maximum speed of 90 km per hour, the PPA says. The PPA stresses the importance of using caution when overtaking, particularly if bends, humps or other road features are present.

Another accident in Viljandi County Friday evening led to the death of a 25-year-old-man. The man died after losing control of the car he was driving and plunging into a ditch. The victim was not wearing a seatbelt, which the PPA said could have saved his life. He also did not have a valid drivers' license, it is reported.

37 people have perished in road traffic accidents in Estonia this year including the latest two cases.

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