Nanaimo man dies in weekend motorcycle crash

A Nanaimo man has died following a motorcycle crash on the weekend.

Police said Thomas Lee Evans, 38, of Laguna Way was driving a 1983 Montesa motorcycle on Laguna Way near Universal Place Saturday when the crash occurred.

"A lot of neighbours heard a loud motorcycle in the area and then they heard what they believed to be a crash," Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Residents told police they heard the bike turning onto Universal Way and then a loud scraping sound at about 7:15 p.m., but the accident was not discovered until about 7:30 p.m. when a couple out for a drive happened upon the scene and called 911.

Evans was rushed to Victoria General Hospital, but died of his injuries early Sunday morning.

Nanaimo RCMP traffic services and B.C. Coroners Service are investigating.

Police said Evans was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Investigators have ordered mechanical inspection of the bike and are awaiting toxicology report results to see  if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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