This article was published on September 10th, 2012
A 64-year-old man is in a critical state in hospital after a motorbike accident in Brighton.
The accident happened while the rider was taking part in the historic speed trials event.
He was driving a motorbike and sidecar down the track on Madeira Drive and failed to stop at the end, smashing in to a barrier.
The passenger in the accident died of her injuries.
Police say they have now opened an investigation in to the cause of the motorbike accident to find out what happened.
The event, which has been running since 1905 and claims to be the longest-running motorsport event in the world, was cancelled almost immediately after the incident.
“We don’t know what the cause of the accident was and we will have to wait for the results of the investigation,” said a spokesperson from the motor club responsible for the event.
“We’ve not had a fatality at the event for many, many years.”
An eye-witness who saw the couple line up to the starting line said, “My heart goes out the woman’s family and the driver of this machine.”
Sussex Police are now appealing for witnesses to help them with their investigation.
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