WATCH: A 29-year-old man has died after a motorcycle crash on Mount Washington. It happened Monday but police aren’t exactly sure what time it was. Dean Stoltz reports.
Comox Valley RCMP say a 29-year-old man died after the motorcycle he was operating left the road on Mt. Washington Monday and went down a steep embankment.
Police say they were called around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon and have determined the man was coming down from Mt. Washington on Strathcona Parkway when his motorcycle went off the road.
“It looks like the motorcycle rider was travelling downhill from Mount Washington Resort when the motorcycle left the road and went down a steep embankment,” said Comox Valley RCMP Constable Monika Terragni. “The male motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
The 29-year-old victim’s name has not been identified but he was married with a young child.
Police think the crash might have happened quite sometime before the victim was found and CHEK News spoke with someone near the scene Monday who was on a nearby mountain slope in the morning around 10 a.m. He says he thinks he heard the crash but at the time thought it was heavy machinery working on the mountain.
The parkway was reduced to one lane traffic while an RCMP collision analyst examined the scene and the investigation continues by North Vancouver Island Traffic Services and the BC Coroners Service.
This isn’t the first motorcycle fatal in this area. Just a few metres away a cross marks the spot where a man died in a motorcycle crash in 2007. It was investigated by now-retired RCMP officer Dave Hay who currently teaches motorcycle safety.
“Well having been involved in the past investigating fatals and serious crashes in this exact location. It’s history repeating itself,” said Hay. “Now we don’t know at this point what the cause of this particular crash is, but in the previous ones it was excessive speed. When you’re going very, very, high speed, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, there’s nothing you can do about it.”
RCMP say the investigation is still in the preliminary stage and is asking anyone with information about the incident to call police.
The motorcycle is removed from the scene and will be mechanically inspected.