A 21-year-old man has died after his motorcycle collided with an all-terrain vehicle in an off-road incident close to Boomerang Lake near Nanaimo.
The incident took place at around 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 along Road 142, according to Nanaimo RCMP.
Officers received reports from several witnesses of the collision, who immediately dialled 911 following the incident.
Police say that due to the remote location, Emergency Health Services were unable to attend by road, sending a BC Air Ambulance to the location instead, which landed just before 4 p.m.
The victim was transported to a Victoria hospital, however, police say that he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Witnesses told police that the victim had been riding a 350 cc orange KTM motorcycle and was with another male who was riding his own bike. According to a report, the two men were heading back into Lantzville when the collision occurred.
The victim’s motorcycle was hit by one of three westbound Polaris all-terrain vehicles. The driver of the ATV was not injured during the off-road crash, note police.
Both the motorcycle and the ATV have been seized and will both undergo mechanical inspections.
“The investigation is only in the preliminary stages. Along with the BC Coroners Service being advised, investigators will be examining a number of factors that may have contributed to the fatal collision, such as the speed of the vehicles, road and weather conditions and any alcohol consumption,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Investigators are asking for anyone who may have information and has not previously spoken with investigators, to contact the Nanaimo RCMP. Additionally, if anyone has knowledge of any pre-collision driving or information on the behaviour of the parties involved, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-8241.