Bikie runs down nine-year-old boy
December 04, 2011
A NINE-YEAR-OLD old boy was run over and killed by a suspected member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club.
The little boy was believed to be making his way home from a local park when he collided with the bike, which was heading east along Virginia St, Springvale, towards the Rebels clubhouse, at 5.30pm last night.
Soon after, about 15 bikies wearing club patches converged at the accident scene, which was about 350 metres from the clubhouse.
Police quickly cordoned off the road as paramedics tried to revive the young boy.
But they were unable to save the youngster and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His distraught parents arrived soon after, and broke down in tears before they were taken away by police officers.
Witnesses said motorbikes and cars often speed along the stretch of road.
Mayzamoe Din, 22, who lives nearby, said the road was notorious for speeding motorbikes.
"The motorbikes speed here way too much,'' he said.
Mr Din watched helpessly as emergency workers tried to save the boy.
"One of the paramedics was doing CPR on the boy, and the one was holding his head.
"Police breathalysed the motorbike rider. About 15 other bikies were there. They all had beards abnd moustaches.''
A number of concerned residents gathered around while officers from the major collision investigation unit worked at the scene.
The motorbike involved in the accident did not appear to be badly damaged.
It was loaded on to a tow truck and driven away for testing.
Police said the motorcyclist was taken to hospital for treatment.
A Victoria Police spokesman said the motorcyclist was assisting police with their inquiries.
Sam, a resident of Virginia St, said: "It's so sad. They are always speeding along here.''
When approached by the Sunday Herald Sun for comment, the club said they would not be making a statement.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
The Rebels' suspected involvement in this accident is certain to bring them under increased pressure by authorities.
The Rebels are described as an outlaw motorcycle club with about 70 chapters and 2,000 members nationally.
Their national president is former boxer Alex Vella.
Their insignia is a Confederate flag with a cap-wearing skull and 1% patch in the centre.
Authorities claim they are a criminal organisation, but they group counters they are motorcycle enthusiasts not gangsters.
In the past decade, police have raided Rebels clubhouses and seized firearms, drugs, and a crocodile.
Two years ago, police stormed the Virginia St clubhouse to seize a Harley Davidson motorcycle and alcohol from the Rebels Australia clubhouse in Springvale.
The bikies filmed the raid and posted it to YouTube.
Condolences to all those involved...