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Two motorcycle crashes last week; one fatality

The Prince George RCMP are urging motorcyclists to slow down after two separate motorcycle accidents last week.

On May 11, shortly before 11 a.m., Prince George RCMP Traffic Services Unit members responded to a report of a collision on Foothills Boulevard near Cranbrook Hill Road. A northbound Kawasaki motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck the centre media, causing the bike to roll and eject the driver. BC Emergency Health Services transported the 19-year-old driver to hospital for treatment of his injuries. Sgt. Ushock, commander of the Traffic Services Unit, says investigators believe driver inexperience and speed are contributing factors in this collision.

The second incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the same day. Prince George RCMP responded to a report of a motorcycle collision on Highway 97 near the Woodpecker rest stop. Initial reports suggest the southbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve in the highway and entered the ditch. BC Emergency Health Services transported the 65-year-old driver to hospital; unfortunately, the driver did not survive his injuries.

“Investigators are asking that anyone who witnessed the driver prior to him exiting the roadway or who may have dashcam footage of him riding before the time of the crash at 8:30 p.m. to please contact the Prince George RCMP by calling 250-561-3300 to speak with police,” said Const. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP.

The Prince George RCMP would like to remind drivers that motorcycle season is upon us and to double check for motorcycles before making a turn. In addition, motorcycle drivers should be comfortable with their skills and abilities before taking to the public streets.

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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