Nanaimo RCMP rule out alcohol as factor in April 8 crash

Nanaimo RCMP rule out alcohol as factor in April 8 crash


File photo.

File photo.

Nanaimo RCMP has determined that alcohol was not a factor in the April 8 crash that sent a 23-year-old motorcyclist to the hospital with critical injuries.

Through the course of their investigation, officers have spoken with numerous witnesses to the incident and have determined that neither party was drinking and driving.

But the investigation continues.

No charges have been laid so far, but Nanaimo RCMP is currently waiting for a report from the traffic re-constructionist to determine if speed was a factor in the collision.

The crash occurred just before midnight west of the Country Club Centre in Nanaimo, at the intersection of Highway 19A and 107th Street.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection and the driver of 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, where he currently remains.

The van, a 2006 Pontiac Montana, was being driven by a 43-year-old man with a 41-year-old woman also in the car.

The driver and the passenger did not have any significant injuries.

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said in a release that both were “traumatized by the incident” and are being supported by Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services.

The van and the motorcycle had to be towed from the scene and the two northbound lanes were closed for up to five hours after the crash.



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