Flowers have been placed at the site of Monday’s fatal motorcycle crash in Victoria.

The collision happened shortly before 5 p.m., during rush hour. Witnesses say a driver in a Nissan Leaf collided with a motorcycle going north on Cook Street.

Victoria Police crash investigators are piecing together exactly what happened.

Bowen Osoko, spokesperson with the Victoria Police, said investigators will look at all factors leading up to the collision.

“As you can see, the weather is good. It seems to be a relatively normal day. It’s not raining or anything like that. but we’ll be looking at all of the different potential factors here. From impairment to speed, etc.,” Osoko said Monday.

According to the BC Coroner’s Service, this is the eighth deadly motorcycle accident this year on Vancouver Island.

Some of the most recent cases include the death of a 60-year-old man after his motorcycle slammed into the side of a BC transit bus on Ryan Road in Courtenay on May 14.

On June 18, a Quebec resident was killed as a result of a motor vehicle incident in Mill Bay.

And the male driver died when his motorcycle drove into the rear of an SUV on the Nanaimo Parkway on July 14.

“It’s shocking to me that we’ve had that many, this year, on Vancouver Island. But there is an increase in traffic, an increase in motorcycle riders,” Bill McLaughlin, executive director of the Vancouver Island Safety Council, said.  “As part of the training organizations, we want to see everyone take training.”

McLaughin said with more traffic on the roads, safety is key, for all drivers.

“I mean, when things go wrong on a bike, it happens pretty quick,” McLaughlin said.

Victoria police have not released the name of the motorcyclist.

 

Mary Griffin