Man killed in off-road bike smash

Martin Hoyle.....22nd October 2012..Picture by Simon Hulme
Martin Hoyle.....22nd October 2012..Picture by Simon Hulme

A MAN was killed riding a child’s motorcycle after he crashed into a metal railing on a football field.

Martin Hoyle, 35, died after the smash on Saturday afternoon at the Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC ground.

Mr Hoyle lived with his parents, Keith and Wendy, on Chapel Garth, Ackworth.

His father said the bike belonged to a friend of his son and he had taken it for a ride after helping fit a new clutch.

Mr Hoyle, 60, said: “He loved motorbikes. He loved tinkering with things and obviously that took his life. Even though he was 35 he was still like a kid.”

Mr Hoyle, a motorbike rider with more than 30 years experience, warned other people of the dangers of off-road motorcycle riding.

He said: “Nothing should be ridden off road. If they are off-road they should be on a proper track and on a proper trials bike. There are too many hazards with off-road biking when it’s not on a proper track.”

Mr Hoyle said his son must have been travelling “pretty quick” when the accident happened.

He said “There was a gap (in the railing) further down. Coming back, for some reason, he didn’t go through the gap. The sun might have been in his eyes. He might have been looking down at something, we don’t know.

“From what I have heard the bike went underneath the fence and it (the railing) hit him in the stomach, it did a lot of damage.”

He described his son as a “kind-hearted” man who was well known for helping old people with their gardens.

He said: “It’s unbelievable the amount of support we are getting from people in Ackworth.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Officers want to speak to anyone who saw the motorcycle being ridden before or at the time of the collision.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.