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A pathologist detailed the range of injuries that resulted in the death of a Dunedin motorcyclist.

Jaydon Millar Tackney, 21, was driving Brighton Rd on November 25, 2019, when Linda Christine Walsh pulled out of Viscount Rd.

The couple collided at the intersection and the rider died at the scene.

Walsh, 63, is on trial in Dunedin District Court after pleading not guilty to reckless driving causing death.

Although Tackney exceeded the speed limit – police estimate he was traveling 68 km / h-70 km / h in a 60 km / h zone – it is alleged that the accused had time to see him and to avoid the crash.

Critical Accident Analyst Constable Jack McGilbert told the court Walsh would have had approximately 3.7 seconds from the start of his turn on Brighton Rd to the point of impact with the motorcycle.

Lawyer Joe O’Neill said his crash expert would later testify that the average time, based on observing 50 people using the intersection, was 2.4 seconds.

Constable McGilbert said he disagreed with some of the methods his counterpart used to reach his various conclusions.

Yesterday, pathologist Dr. Leonard Wakefield also testified.

Judge David Robinson warned family members in the public forum that what needed to be discussed was not the sort of thing that could be “unheard of.”

Such was the extent of Tackney’s injuries, it took the witness nearly half an hour to detail his findings after an autopsy performed a few days after the incident.

The victim, Dr Wakefield said, died of “high energy impact injuries”.

The court had previously heard that the death was specifically due to a ruptured aorta and the pathologist found that 75% of its circumference had been torn in the accident.

Tackney sustained a fractured vertebrae, nose and forearm, as well as numerous abrasions while sliding on the road after he and the bike fell to the right.

One of his wrists was broken while the other hand was almost completely detached, the court heard.

Tackney was found to have a “badly lacerated” liver, a “deeply” torn spleen, and hemorrhages in both kidneys.

There haven’t been any significant discoveries regarding alcohol or drugs in his system.

It was the same with Walsh.

A nearby resident who rushed to perform CPR on Tackney said she later heard the defendant ask where the rider was coming from.

“I did not see him, I did not see him”, she would have repeated.

O’Neill said one of the responsible factors was that Walsh’s visibility was impeded by a parked car.

The trial, held without a jury, will hear the defense collision expert before Judge Robinson decides whether the charge has been proven.

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Source: www.nzherald.co.nz
This notice was published: 2021-05-25 21:13:15


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