Shocking moment motorcyclist is killed as he attempts wheelie and falls into the path of an oncoming van

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An experienced motorcyclist was killed after he lost control of his bike while pulling a wheelie and crashed into an oncoming van.

Shocking footage taken from a camera fitted to the rider’s Suzuki shows the moment he swerves onto the other side of the road after attempting the stunt.

The 50-year-old, who had been out with friends, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Goodward in Chichester, West Sussex.

He had been riding for a number of years prior to the fatal collision on August 7, police said.

The 50-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene (Sussex Police)

Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU), described the crash as “tragic” and “distressing”.

He said: “This was a tragic incident and some viewers may find this footage distressing, however it has been released with the full support of the victim’s family.

“It is intended to show what can happen when you are not fully in control of your bike. Motorbikes are powerful machines and they should be treated as such; failing to do so can lead to devastating consequences.

 “The victim was an experienced rider who had enjoyed numerous outings with fellow bikers prior to this incident. He and his friends were all wearing the appropriate clothing and safety equipment, and no one anticipated that this ride would be his last.

Video footage was released with the support of the motorcyclist’s family

“It was undoubtedly a hugely traumatic experience for all parties involved.”

Motorcyclists account for about 20 per cent of all road deaths despite making up just 1 per cent of total road traffic.

Sergeant Badman added: “There are a number of ways motorcyclists can be safer on our roads – ride with your lights on, wear the appropriate clothing for increased visibility and protection, consider your position in the road, and most importantly, ride safely and sensibly.

“We want motorcyclists to enjoy their ride, but also to make sure their next journey is not their last.”

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