Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Justin Aaron KING

Inquest into the Death of Justin Aaron KING

Delivered on :2 June 2015

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Deputy State Coroner, E F Vicker

Recommendations :No

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : Yes

No publication of any discussion in relation to the Police Emergency Driving Policies and Guidelines or Operations.

Summary : The deceased was 36 years of age at the time of his death.  The deceased was riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle (Harley) in a westerly direction down Greenmount Hill, in the east bound lanes of the Great Eastern Highway. At the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Bullarra Road the deceased’s motorcycle collided with a Toyota Rav 4 Station Sedan which was being driven in an easterly direction up Greenmount Hill. The deceased was thrown from his Harley onto the road.  He died at the scene.

In the minutes before the crash the deceased had attracted the attention of police while performing a burnout in a carpark. When police in an unmarked Class 1 police vehicle, activated their lights in an attempt to stop the deceased and speak with him, he rode away and disappeared from view. When police again sighted the deceased he continued to attempt to evade police and entered the Great Eastern Highway on the incorrect side of the highway, before crashing.

The Court heard evidence that the deceased did have reason to evade the police as he had only recently regained his driver’s licence from prior suspensions, and had been charged eight days earlier with additional offences for which it is likely he would receive similar penalties.

The Coroner concluded that police actions did not cause or contribute to the death of the deceased.

The Coroner found the deceased died as a result of multiple injuries and death arose by way of Accident.

Catch Words : Police Pursuit : Police Emergency Driving Policy and Guidelines : Multiple Injuries : Accident

Last updated: 28-Feb-2024

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