Motorcycle crash on Highway 97 near Westwood Drive

RCMP officers collect evidence at the scene of an early morning motorcycle crash on Highway 97 near Westwood Drive near the entrance to Pine Centre Mall. RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass said there were injuries in the crash and more details will be released later this morning. Bill Phillips photo

The Prince George RCMP remain on scene of a motorcycle crash that occurred at about 5 a.m. this morning near the intersection of Highway 97 and 22nd Avenue in Prince George.

General Duty officers arrived and found a woman, conscious but suffering from unknown injuries. Officers administered first aid until paramedics arrived. She was transported to hospital for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe that the woman was a passenger on the motorcycle when the crash occurred. A man, who has not yet been identified,  and the woman were traveling southbound on Highway 97 at a high rate of speed, according to police, when the driver failed to negotiate the corner. The motorcycle and riders left the road, traveling a considerable distance into the west side ditch between the highway and Westwood Drive.

The man fled the area on foot and left the woman behind where she waited for hours to be found. The motorcycle was not registered or insured. Alcohol may have also been a factor. The motorcycle is described as a green Kawasaki Ninja street bike.

No description of the man has been obtained yet. The Prince George RCMP are looking to identify the male rider of this motorcycle and would like to speak to anyone that may have seen this motorcycle in the early hours of the morning.

If you have any information about this incident or who the male rider is, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.