Nanaimo RCMP say a 54-year-old Duncan man was airlifted to Vancouver with life-threatening injuries after motorcycle crash on Nicol Street
RCMP say a motorcycle was travelling northbound on Nicol Street and collided with a southbound Honda Prelude just before 6:00 a.m.
The driver of the Honda was in the process of making a left-hand turn onto Needham, when the crash occurred.
The motorcyclist is a 54-year-old man from Duncan.
He was taken by air ambulance to Vancouver with life-threatening injuries.
Police say the driver of the Honda, a 23-year-old man from Nanaimo, was not injured but was emotionally distraught.
The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is providing support to everyone involved.
Nanaimo City Councillor Gord Fuller heard the crash from his home.
“When I looked out the window I saw the motorcyclist lying in the middle of the road,” he said.
He was one of many who ran to help.
“People attempting to do minor first aid, what they know to do, keep the body steady, others directing traffic,” said Fuller.
Nicol Street was closed for roughly four hours while police investigated.
Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor.
Police are now trying to determine if the light was green at the time and if speed was involved.
They are still looking to speak with anyone witnessed the crash.
With the warm weather attracting more motorcyclists to the road, safety instructor Bill Laughlin with the Vancouver Island Safety Council said it’s critical for riders to make sure they are seen.
“Your lane positioning is a huge factor, proper lighting on your bike, extra bright clothing as well,” he said.
He said many motorcycles have only one light but adding an extra can make a big difference especially at intersections.
“It gives you that depth perception, where people can see that motorcycle, understand there is something coming here, and understand how far away it is and how fast it is travelling,” said Laughlin.
He says not only do you have to make sure you are riding properly, but you have to be prepared for others on the road to make mistakes.
“What am I going to do if that vehicle does turn in front of me, and I might want to slow down I might want to slightly change my lane position so just that movement will attract the attention of that car driver.”
He also said with so many motorcycles on the road right now motorists need to take a second glance before making a move.