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Vancouver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Report on 2 Fatal Bike Crashes

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Sep 17, 2013

Our Vancouver motorcycle accident attorneys were saddened to hear about two fatal motorcycle crashes that shook British Columbia on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

The first crash, a single-vehicle accident, occurred early in the morning in downtown Nelson. RCMP Sergeant Dino Falcone told reporters that the family of the biker who died had been notified, but did not say whether speeding or alcohol contributed to the crash. Authorities have not released the name of the young man who died.

A more complicated series of accidents shook Chilliwack on Highway 1. First, a rollover on the eastbound part of the highway shut down traffic near the Annis Road overpass. Two people from that crash fled the scene into the woods, prompting Mounties to search the area and call in a K-9 unit to try and locate them. As the search went on, traffic backed up severely. An hour after the rollover, at around 10:30 a.m., a 72-year-old motorcyclist from Pitt Meadows suddenly came upon the backed up traffic. He tried braking his 2006 Suzuki, but did not react in time. He flew off his vehicle into a Ford SUV in another lane. He died from injuries sustained in the crash. The occupants of the SUV were not hurt.

Local Mounties are not blaming traffic conditions, per se. Instead, they are fingering several contributing factors, including “speed, mechanical defects, and motorcycle driver intention.” Meanwhile, the RCMP is still looking for the couple that fled the rollover accident. Sergeant Peter Thiessen of the RCMP told reporters “we’ve got a fairly good idea who they are…we’re confident that we’ll find them.”

Our Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyers send sincere condolences to the families of the bikers who died.

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