Motorcyclist dies in collision

Motorcyclist dies in collision

Interior Health has reported that COVID-19 has claimed a man in his 70s. This is the second coronavirus death in the region. (File photo)

A 44-year-old motorcyclist died in Oliver on Friday night after a collision with another motorcycle.

Police report that two motorcycles were witnessed travelling east at a high rate of speed on Fairview Road at 9:40 p.m. on June 7.

One of the motorcycle operators turned unexpectedly in front of the other motorcycle, causing a collision between the two vehicles, according to the Oliver RCMP.

“A male age 44 was found unresponsive at scene and was transported by EHS to Oliver hospital where he was declared deceased,” said Sgt. Blaine Gervais.

The other motorcycle operator, a 33-year-old male, was transported to South Okanagan General Hospital for treatment of “road rash.”

An RCMP traffic analyst and a coroner are involved in the investigation. The outcome of the report will determine if any charges are being considered, Gervais said.

Names will not be released to respect next of kin notification, he pointed out.