Australian Woman Dies in Scooter Crash in Kuta, Bali

Queensland woman has become the fourth Australian to die from a scooter accident in Bali this year after a horrific crash. Sophia Martini, 27, was on the back of a bike being ridden by her boyfriend, Steele Nugent when it crashed in the early hours of Monday morning in Kuta, 9 News reported.

Both riders were wearing helmets when the scooter crashed in the early hours of Monday morning in Kuta. Picture: 9 News

She suffered a horrific leg injuries from the crash, head injury and was pronounced dead on arrival at Denpasar Hospital.

Both Martini and Nugent were wearing helmets. Nugent, who was not badly injured in the crash, was detained by local police for questioning and later released.

The couple, who were in Bali to attend a friend’s wedding.

Police are looking into the possibility that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Sophia Martini has become the fourth person to die from a scooter crash in Bali in the last year.

The third was 26-year-old Sydney woman Ella Knights, who was found by a passer-by lying face down in a gutter in Canggu, in the north Kuta, on April 27.

Scrapes, bruises and sometimes deaths due to bikes in Bali are sadly not unheard of.

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ SmartTraveller website specifically warns of the dangers of using motorbikes in Bali.

“A number of foreigners, including Australians, have been killed or seriously injured in motorcycle accidents in tourist areas, particularly in Bali,” the site states.


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