RCMP collision analysts were called out to investigate a collision between a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Nicol and Needham streets in south Nanaimo early Monday. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital with injuries.

RCMP collision analysts were called out to investigate a collision between a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Nicol and Needham streets in south Nanaimo early Monday. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital with injuries.

Update: Motorcyclist dead after collision in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – A motorcyclist from Duncan has died after early morning collision with a car on Nicol Street on Monday.

A motorcyclist has died in hospital after he collided with a car at the intersection of Nicol and Needham streets Monday morning.

“So far, we know that the motorcyclist was northbound and a black Honda was southbound,” said Cpl. Phyllis Nielsen, head of Nanaimo RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Section. “The Honda made a left turn from Nicol onto Needham Street and the motorcyclist collided with the Honda. It looks like the motorcyclist put the bike down just prior to the collision and therefore the motorcycle slid a long distance.”

The motorcyclist, Andre Leon Blignaut,  54, of Duncan, suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital.

The B.C. Coroner Service confirmed Tuesday Blignaut had died of his injuries shortly after arriving in Vancouver.

His family has been notified of his death.

Police sent driver of the Honda, a 23-year-old man from Nanaimo, home. He was not injured.

“Right now there is no indication of any alcohol or drug involvement,” Nielsen said.

Nicol Street was closed from Haliburton Street to Needham Street for about four hours while police investigated the scene.

The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is providing support to all those involved.

The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP are continuing their investigations into the accident.




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