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Mechanic in 600cc bike crash was testing machine

A crash that badly injured a mechanic riding a 600cc racing motorcycle was “bound to happen”, according to Paget residents.

Cardoza’s Garage employee Jacob Sousa was test-driving the bike on Mission Road last Monday when the accident occurred.

People who live in the area told

The Royal Gazette that the garage’s staff frequently drove “up and down the road day and night”.

“Something was bound to happen,” said a resident who didn’t want to be identified. “They ride up and down like idiots. Not to be wicked, but sometimes it takes things like this happening for something to get done.”

Cardoza’s owner Mark Sousa said his son was working at the time of the accident. The bike and a truck collided around 11.30am.

“He was checking the suspension and had dealer’s plates on it,” Mr Sousa said.

The Motor Car Act makes allowance for the holders of trade licences to operate vehicles for the purposes of testing.

Police said in the wake of the crash that the motorcycle’s engine capacity went beyond legal allowance.

The garage owner said he’d initially thought his son had been killed in the collision.

“I thought I’d lost him,” Mr Sousa said. “And I think if I hadn’t been there, I would have. I got a tourniquet on him right away. He was bleeding badly.”

He said his son underwent extensive surgery for his leg injuries, but was recovering well.

He said of the neighbours’ claims: “I’m not the only one running a business out here. There’s a landscaping company down the road as well.”

The crash is under investigation. A police spokesman declined to comment further.

The 600cc motorcycle involved in a collision on Mission Road.

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Published May 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm)

Mechanic in 600cc bike crash was testing machine

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