Nanaimo RCMP investigating fatal off road collision

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A man has died after a collision on Sunday between an off road motorcycle and an all terrain vehicle, according to Nanaimo RCMP. The 21-year-old victim was pronounced dead on arrival at a Victoria hospital

Emergency Health Services was unable to attend the scene of the collision on Road 142 near Boomerang Lake because of the remote location. BC Air Ambulance landed approximately one kilometre from the site near 4 p.m., RCMP said. 

Investigators spoke with a number of witnesses who indicated the victim had been riding a 350 cc orange KTM motorcycle and was with another man, who was riding his own bike. Both men were heading back to Lantzville when the victim collided with one of three westbound Polaris all-terrain vehicles. The driver of the all terrain vehicle was not injured. Both the motorcycle and the all-terrain vehicle were later seized and will both undergo mechanical inspections, RCMP said.

“This investigation is only in the preliminary stages. Along with the BC Coroners Service being advised, investigators will be examining a number of factors that may have contributed to the fatal collision, such as speed of the vehicles, road and weather conditions and alcohol consumption,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

Investigators are asking for anyone who may have information and has not previously spoken with investigators, to contact the Nanaimo RCMP. Additionally, if anyone has knowledge of any pre-collision driving or on the behaviour of the parties involved, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-8241.

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