Devastating Moment Biker Sees His Friend Die While Speeding At 170mph


Warning: Distressing Content.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

This is the moment a biker sees his friend die after both are seen clocking top speeds on a country road.

The thrill, the need for speed, the rush of adrenaline… call it what you like but for motor sports enthusiasts they’ll tell you that there’s nothing quite like the feel of heart-pounding speed. It’s like a drug, and as you know drugs can kill.

The footage below is from July 13 2008, and uploaded by Daily News‘ YouTube account in 2013. It was retweeted last week by the Driver Training Unit’s Twitter account.

Filmed from the the perspective of Frederick Bowden’s motorcycle, who was clocking speeds up to 160mph, it captured the moment his friend and motor cycling partner Andrew Prowse, 45, got clipped by a car which ultimately took his life.

Prior to the fatal accident Bowden and Prowse were dangerously speeding along country lanes and dual carriageways before the fatal crash on the A30 near Loggans Moor, Hayle.

A year after the fatal crash Bowden was convicted by Truro Crown Court for dangerous driving, he was given a 51-week suspended sentence for two years and disqualified from driving for three.

Devon And Cornwall Constabulary

According to the former Superintendent of the Devon and Cornwall police force, Tim Swarbrick, he believed it was the fastest speed ever recorded in the region.

He added that:

Watching this video was not pleasant viewing and the subsequent incident was a tragedy for everyone, not least the traffic officers who had to attend the collision.

At that speed, there is just no time to react and what we have seen on the video is truly shocking.

The footage shows the bike carrying out dangerous overtaking manouvres, contravening white lines and actions which force other motorists to move out of the way.

The national speed limit on a dual carriageway is 70 mph, the fact that Bowden and Prowse were hitting 160 mph was always an invitation for trouble.

Swarbick went onto say that the other drivers made comments that one of the two ‘motorcyclists may die’ and that unfortunately ‘proved to be the case’.