An experienced trailers driver lost his life on his own motorcycle last night when he lost control of his bike and ended up on the Xintill roundabout at Tarxien. TVM is informed that shortly before this motorcyclist Marlin was involved in a collision with a vehicle in another road and when the drivers inspected damages, they both drove on. The accident victim was 50-year-old American Chris Marlin who lived in Ta’ Xbiex and was employed with a local trailer company. While the news of his death caused sorrow among his friends and those who knew him, Marlin seems to have had a premonition of his own death because two days earlier he wrote on his Facebook page that he would like to apologise to all those who worried about him each time he takes to the road on his bike.
He was a diligent and professional driver in the trailer company’s team. That is how the Chairman and CEO of Express Trailers described Marlin while expressing deep regret at his death. Marlin had a 17-year-old son and lived in Ta’ Xbiex and his last ride on his motorcycle last night was his final one and ended in tragedy.
Although Chris was an experienced motorcyclist the accident at about 00.30am this morning was a devastating one with the bike ending up in the centre of the roundabout in a clump of bushes.
The incident is being investigated by Police Inspector Sarah Zerafa from the Paola district while an Inquiry is being conducted by Magistrate Gabriella Vella who has appointed various experts including the architect Richard Aquilina, Dr Mario Scerri on forensics and technical expert Mario Buttigieg.
The investigation took a different turn when a 19-year-old youth from Qormi involved Police that while he had stopped at traffic lights at the junction with the Addolorata Cemetery, a motorcycle had run into the side of his vehicle. According to the youth when they inspected the damages it was agreed he would make a Police report. Marlin then drove on towards Vjal Santa Luċija while the youth went to the Qormi Police Station to report the incident. Police are verifying this sequence on security cameras.
Qormi Police took pictures of the vehicle damages to investigate whether there is a possible link between this collision and the later incident that led to Marlin losing control of his bike and become the 16th victim of a fatal road accident this year.
While Marlin’s friends posted messages of regrets on his Facebook page, many dwelt on the premonition that Marlin himself had written about on Facebook when he wrote that his next bike ride might well be his last and if that was the case he was sorry for leaving the world so early.
Marlin had also written that those around him perhaps cannot understand why he rides his bike and why he risks his life riding it. Some are not satisfied with any explanation while others think he is negligent, an egoist or mad. However, he feels at liberty on his bike and it is an escape from a world that is full of evil. A runaround on his bike helps him to survive for another day and also deters him from entering into another argument. He said he feels excitement each time he presses the throttle, enjoys verbal exchanges while taking petrol and loves mingling with the biking community.
He finished by thanking all those who supported him, including those who did not approve of his actions and thanked them for the phone calls to check he is ok each time he goes for a spin.
Chris Marlin ir-raġel li tilef ħajtu f’inċident bil-mutur