Motorcyclist critically injured in Nanaimo crash

Motorcyclist critically injured in Nanaimo crash

File Photo.

File Photo.

A motorcyclist was critically injured Sunday night in a crash with a van at the intersection of Highway 19A and 107th Street, just west of the Country Club Centre in Nanaimo.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection just before midnight.

According to police, a 23-year-old man who was riding a 2009 Honda street bike was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. After several hours, he was flown to a Victoria hospital.

Police said the van, a 2006 Pontiac Montana, was being driven by a 43-year-old man. There was also a 41-year-old woman in the car. The driver and the passenger did not have any significant injuries. Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with Nanaimo RCMP, said in a release that they both were “traumatized by the incident” and are being supported by Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services.

The van and the motorcycle were destroyed and towed from the scenes. The Nanaimo RCMP Traffic unit and an RCMP traffic reconstructionist examined the scene of the collision. After also speaking with witnesses, investigators believe both speed and alcohol were contributing factors on behalf of the motorcyclist. Alcohol and speed have been ruled out as contributing factors with the driver of the van.

The two northbound lanes were closed for up to five hours after the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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