Woman comforts dying biker

Last updated 12:00 01/09/2014
Gail Gibson
Crash site: Gail Gibson was first on the scene at a fatal motorbike crash near her home in Dannevirke.

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A Dannevirke resident lay beside a seriously injured motorcyclist as he tried to cling on to life after he had crashed his Honda CR250 early yesterday morning.

Dannevirke man Hamish Gore, 30, later died from his injuries.

Grant St resident Gail Gibson was watching television when she heard a lot of revving from a motorbike outside her house early yesterday.

"I heard a crash, then silence for a couple of seconds and then another crash and then silence.

"I thought ‘that's not a good sign'. I came out and I could hear some moaning."

Gibson ran across the road to find Gore face down on the footpath.

"I used the light on my phone to check out any injuries and I could see a pool of blood."

When a neighbour appeared she yelled for them to call an ambulance.

She said he was wearing a T-shirt so she took her jacket off and put it over him. She then lay on the ground next to him while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

"His breathing just got very laboured, the moaning stopped.

"I lay with him and just talked, I don't know if he could hear anything. I just lay with him just to give him the comfort of knowing somebody was here."

Gore was treated at the scene and then taken to Palmerston North Hospital where he died.

Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The police serious crash unit is investigating.

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- Manawatu Standard

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