A 71-year-old Nanaimo man has died in hospital after his motorcycle clipped a car that turned across his path on McKenzie Avenue last Tuesday afternoon.
Saanich police say the motorcycle was headed westbound on McKenzie Avenue toward the Trans-Canada Highway when it collided with an eastbound 2008 Toyota Yaris attempting to turn left onto Burnside Road West.
The 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle struck the Toyota’s rear passenger side, and threw the driver onto the road. Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie said there’s no evidence so far that speed played a factor in the crash.
Police ticketed an 87-year-old Saanich man for failing to yield on a left turn. He was shaken but not injured in the collision.
On Friday, Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie said the 87-year-old will likely face a review of his driver’s licence due to his age and the crash.
Motorcyclist remains in critical condition
A few hours after the Saanich police crash analyst team finished on McKenzie Avenue, it was called to the 4500-block of Wilkinson Rd. for another collision involving a car and a motorcycle.
A 56-year-old male Saanich motorcycle rider was taken to hospital with serious internal injuries around 8 p.m., and remains in critical condition as of Friday.
Police say it appears the northbound 2004 Ducati crossed the single solid line and hit the front end of the oncoming Volkswagon Rabbit. The 35-year-old female driver of the vehicle wasn’t hurt.
Alcohol isn’t considered a factor. Eassie said the crash team hasn’t finished its investigation, but it appears the motorcycle’s speed was a factor in the collision, based on witness statements.