More than two years after the fatal crash of an Australian-built AEI Roadster that killed six people, police have found evidence that the bike’s owner had deliberately damaged a roof.
The NSW Police Force said a motorist had driven into the AEI at Sydney’s CBD in July 2016, before pulling over at the intersection of Brunswick Street and Stirling Street.
The driver of the AEJ was identified as 41-year-old Pauline Gough, who died in hospital the following day.
Police also recovered two motorbikes from the scene, one of which was fitted with a faulty roof, according to a statement from the NSW Police.
A spokesman for the force said police were still trying to determine whether the roof was faulty or not.
Mr Gough had been driving her AEI through the CBD at about 6:00pm on July 19, 2016, when she was hit by a white Ford Fusion, the statement said.
Photo: NSW Police “The police investigation has been ongoing and we are continuing to investigate the circumstances of her death.”
The NSW Motorists Association (NMTA) said the NSW Roads Department was “extremely disappointed” with the way the accident was handled.
“The NSW Police Service has failed to respond adequately to the investigation,” it said in a statement.
“We have been made aware of a number of deficiencies in the investigation and the NSW Ministry of Transport have also acknowledged a failure to conduct an adequate investigation.”
The NMTA said its members had been left with “unresolved questions”.
“The NMTA has not been provided with a full investigation report on the cause of the accident, the reasons for the accident or the outcome of the investigation into Ms Gough’s death,” it added.
Police have said that the accident “should have had fatal consequences”.
Ms Grough was the second woman to die after a NSW motorcyclist, who was killed in the same intersection, in April 2018.
The NMMA said the deaths of women who were riding the same AEI in Sydney and other states had “happened on a much smaller scale than what has happened in NSW”.
“We believe that this is a problem for the entire industry, not just NSW, and we would urge NSW Motorcyclists to report any similar incidents,” it stated.
Ms Goug’s death prompted the NSW Government to introduce new rules in 2018 to toughen penalties for driving at night.
A week before her death, she had contacted the NSW Motorcycle Association to say she was unhappy about the new rules, but was told she was not a “safety risk”.
“She was an experienced rider and she was very vocal about it,” Ms Garrow told ABC News.
“She didn’t want to take her helmet off and she didn’t like it when people were on their bikes.”
We were just trying to be respectful and to make sure we were safe.
“At the time, I was so angry about it and I was upset that I hadn’t been given a clear explanation.”
It was quite a difficult time for me.
“I was absolutely horrified when I heard that Pauline was killed.””
It’s about time we had more of an awareness and awareness about the dangers of riding at night,” Ms Griffiths said.
“I was absolutely horrified when I heard that Pauline was killed.”