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Calls for quad bike helmets law

Lee Marley
Lee Marley died of a head injury in a crash

The father of a man who died riding a quad bike on a West Midlands road has called for it to become illegal to ride the bikes without a helmet.

Lee Marley, 25, of Stechford, suffered a head injury in a collision involving a Land Rover, in Water Orton Lane, Minworth, on Tuesday evening.

He died from his injuries at the scene. The Land Rover Freelander driver was not injured.

Mr Marley had been on his way to sell his bike when he crashed.

'Fresh air'

His father, Anthony Marley, called for helmets to be made law and said: "They (the riders) are sitting on something that does 120mph (193km/h) with nothing more than fresh air between them and the road.

"As a result, I lost my son last night."

One of Lee's friends said they used to go riding on a nearby off-road track which had recently closed down.

Peter Cornall, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said quad bikes were not going to go away.

"They are cheap to buy now and we need to consider that people have got them and we need to find places where they can ride them in relative safety," he said.

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Anthony Marley wants the law to be changed




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