Teenager killed in Deeside motorbike crash
A TEENAGER was killed in a motorbike crash on a stretch of land where councillors have been calling for action to be taken for years.
Chasie McGowan, 17, was airlifted to the Countess of Chester Hospital after falling off his bike on Weighbridge Road, Deeside Industrial Park, at about 2.15pm on Sunday, where he had been taking part in off-road motor sports.
The teenager, from Wythenshawe in Manchester, suffered serious chest and abdominal injuries and died shortly after.
Tributes have been posted on social networking website Facebook.
Jade Bennett wrote: “Rest in peace Chasie McGowan! Will be missed by so many. Can’t believe what has happened such a cruel world. It’s right what people say God does only take the best. Sleep tight.”
Catherine Dean Hoban wrote: “RIP Chasie, so many broken hearts left behind, but every heart u touched in so many ways, u will always be remembered.”
North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council, which is believed to own the land, have launched a joint investigation following the crash.
But Sealand councillor Chris Jones said she had been calling for something to be done about off-road biking on the piece of wasteland for years.
She said: “This has been a concern for six or seven years.
“Up to 100 bikers come down every Sunday from all over the place to ride on the site.
“I have asked before, and Sealand Community Council has asked, if that piece of land can be made a legal site for off road biking– so it can be controlled.
“It has always been a real worry that there would be a fatality in the site.
“This is absolutely tragic and my heart goes out to the family of the lad, but it’s awful to think that maybe it could have been prevented if something had been done.”
Flintshire chief inspector Darren Wareing warned people not to use the site.
He said: “Our advice to anyone is to stay off the land for their own safety. It is clearly not suitable for that kind of activity and no health and safety assessments have been carried out on it.
“We will be using our powers to target anyone caught committing an off-road motoring offence. We are able to seize vehicles involved in any such activities and that is what we will be doing.”
Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg has been informed of the death and a post-mortem is expected to be carried out this week.
The case is then expected to be transferred to North East Wales coroner John Gittins.