Police make new appeal for witnesses to fatal fail-to-stop motorcycle collision

Wythenshawe police investigating a fail-to-stop motorcycle collision in which a pensioner died want to speak to the occupants of Mini at the scene

The occupants of the Mini are believed to be the last people to see the two motorbikes being ridden before the collision took place. 

Jack Cabrera-Vargas, aged  67, died following the collision on Friday 19 June 2015,  Rowlandsway.

The rider of the motorbike abandoned the bike immediately following the collision and ran off on foot. 

He is described as being white, 19-20-years-old, of a skinny build and wearing a navy blue jumper, dark blue or black trousers and dark trousers. He was wearing a blue balaclava with ski-style goggles underneath. He then fled down Wavell Road. 

At the time of the collision, he was also riding alongside another motorbike which also did not stop at the scene. 

The abandoned bike is described as being a maroon-coloured Kawasaki 500cc, said to be in a dirty, rusty condition, which has now been confirmed as having been stolen from the Newall Green area on 1 June 2015. 

The second bike was described a being red and white and again, the rider was not wearing a helmet.

Police now want to hear from anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen bike and the occupants of a white or cream coloured Mini who may have vital information. 

The Mini, which was also said to have a soft top and two black stripes, is believed to have been travelling down Rowlandsway and turned right onto Poundswick Road.

Officers believe the occupants were the last people to see the two riders before the collision and are appealing for them to come forward. 

Sgt Mark Thomas, from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Jack’s family are clearly desperate for answers following his tragic death, and it is absolutely vital we give them those answers. It is the least they deserve given what they have suffered. 

“We have now established that the abandoned bike which collided with Jack was stolen from the Newall Green area on 1 June 2015 and we need to establish the whereabouts of that bike between the time it was stolen and the time of the collision. 

“Do you know where it was being stored? Did you see someone riding around on this bike and if so where? Perhaps in an erratic manner? If you do have information then please call us. 

“We also want to hear from the occupants of the Mini whom we believe were the last people to see the two motorbikes before the collision itself. I want to make a direct appeal to these people to please, come forward if you remember these two riders as you may have vital information that could help us and Jack’s family.” 
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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