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Update: Police confirm death of Westside Road motorcyclist

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 | 9:00 am

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Westside Road could be closed until 5 p.m. due to a motorcycle accident. (Photo Marshall Jones)

(Photo Marshall Jones)

Update 9 a.m. July 2, 2009

RCMP press release/edited

A tragic motor vehicle fatality occurred on July 1st when, at 2:49 p.m. a black Kawasaki motorcycle traveled into the oncoming lane of a red Hyundai sedan, colliding with it head on.

The motorcyclist was riding with friends and was traveling northbound on Westside Rd., heading for a beach. The victim was ahead of his companions, and had rounded a corner approximately 4.2 km north of Hwy 97 when he apparently lost control and traveled into the oncoming lane. The red Hyundai was traveling southbound when it was struck by the motorcycle, that had skidded and was sliding on it’s side. The Hyundai’s driver had no time  to react in order to avoid the collision.

Emergency crews quickly responded and took the severely injured rider to Kelowna General Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The occupants of the Hyundai were very shaken up and the 37 year old female driver, from Kelowna, suffered minor injuries to her arm.

The name of the 42 year old motorcyclist, a Kelowna resident, is being with held until next of kin, in Ontario, have been notified.

Investigation is ongoing with respect to determining the cause. Witnesses stated that it did not appear as though either vehicle was speeding.

Update 5:30 a.m. July 2, 2009

Kelowna RCMP are expected to reveal more details as early as today about the fate of a Kelowna man who drove his motorcycle into an oncoming car on Westside Road Wednesday.

RCMP Const. Anthony Deveau said the rider cross the centre line coming up a hill when it hit a small red car. Most of the damage to the car was on the lower portion. The driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries as two friends who were riding with him spoke to police. There were no witnesses to the accident. One of the companion riders said he was doing the speed limit but their 42-year-old friend had gone ahead of them so they weren’t sure of his speed at the time of the accident.

The twists and turns of Westside Road make it an attraction to many motorcycle riders.

Updated at 4:43 p.m. July 1: Traffic is now moving, in alternating single lanes, on Westside Road. The road should be cleared within an hour.

Updated at 4:10 p.m. July 1: Westside Road is expected to be closed until at least 5 p.m. due to a motorcycle accident around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses at the scene believed it was a fatal accident. They said the motorcyclist was travelling with two companions on their own bikes before the collision. Virginia Bruno was one of the first on scene. She tried to provide the man with a blanket and a friend tried to give him first aid but they believed it was too late.

3:41 p.m. July 1: Traffic is backed up and Westside Road is closed due to an accident. Watch for details.

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