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Two days on, car and motorbike crash near where a cyclist died

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: July 10, 2008

  • A crash involving a motorbike and a car yesterday caused long traffic hold-ups on the A379 near Exminster LAURENCE UNDERHILL EE080708_LU05_07

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A MOTORCYCLE and car yesterday collided less than 100 metres from the spot where 23-year-old cyclist David Rendell was killed on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to yesterday's accident on the A379 between Kenton and Exminster at around 3.15pm after a Kawasaki 1400cc motorbike collided with a silver Honda Jazz car.

A police spokesman said the male motorcyclist, from Starcross, and the driver of the Honda, from Kenton, escaped with minor injuries.

The biker was taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital by ambulance, but he was conscious and breathing.

“The injuries are not thought to be serious, but there was a lot of oil and debris on the road,” said the spokesman.

Following yesterday's incident, concerned residents are calling on Devon County Council to reduce the speed limit of the A379 road, between Kenton and Exminster, that passes by their homes.

One of those, Martin Cocks, 36, of Higher Marshrow, heard the impact of the crash.

“I work from home and I was doing some paperwork when I heard a motorbike go past and five seconds later there was a very big bang,” he said.

Mr Cocks said the accident was 100 metres from the site of Sunday's accident.

Mr Rendell, of Cyprus Road, Exmouth, died at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital a short time later from his injuries.

Mr Cocks spoke to a police officer at the scene of the fatal accident and raised his concerns about the speed limit.

“The officer said only Devon County Council has the power to change the speed limit.

“The police can only enforce the rules that are set for them.

“The limit should be reduced from 60mph to 40mph. I've got three children under seven years old and I worry for their safety.”

Mr Cocks said he would be writing to his local councillor, calling on them to push for a reduction.

“Two accidents in just over two days — the truth is that is no coincidence,” he said.

“How much longer can this go on? From where the accident happened to the roundabout near the Swan's Nest, there are seven houses and a nursing home for the elderly.

“The limit needs to be cut to protect the people who live in the area.”

Mr Cocks said there were already 40mph limits in Kenton and Powderham.

“The patch I am asking them to cover is only two or three miles,” he added. “If it saves lives, it has got to be worth it.”

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