Inquest into the death of TATU WILHELM MICHAEL PARZEFALL

Tatu Parzefall, a 22 year old man at the time of his death, held an ACT provisional motorcycle licence and was, I understand, a keen motorcyclist. At about 12:40pm on Monday 20 February 2017, Tatu was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle south along Springvale Drive when he made the decision to overtake the car on the road in front of him on the left hand side. That car, a Toyota Camry sedan, had slowed and indicated to turn left into a driveway of a house fronting Springvale Drive. Tatu and the motorcycle struck the front left side of the Camry, and continued down the kerbing for some distance before striking a bus stop sign post, whereupon Tatu was thrown from the motorcycle and into the metal railings of a road bridge over a pedestrian underpass. Tatu suffered massive pelvic injuries and despite the best efforts of the driver of the Camry and bystanders who provided assistance, and ACT Ambulance Service officers who attended shortly after the collision, he died on the side of the road. The post mortem examination of Tatu undertaken at my direction indicated that Tatu died from multiple injuries as a result of the collision.

Coroner K. M. Fryar on 1 September 2017


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