NORTH DURHAM: Two serious motorcycle accidents occurred in North Durham last week.
A 40 year-old Toronto man was killed on Friday, Aug. 19, when the motorcycle he was driving was involved in a collision in Brock Township.
According to police, at 11:37 a.m., officers responded to a collision at the intersection of Regional Rd. 13 and Lakeridge Rd. Police say, witnesses reported the motorcycle was travelling northbound on Lakeridge Rd., when it entered the intersection. An SUV started to cross Lakeridge Rd., from behind a stop sign, and collided with the motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider was rushed from the scene to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The 72-year-old Toronto woman, who was driving the SUV, was also transported from the collision scene and treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
Both roads were closed for several hours, while members from The Collision Investigation Unit investigated.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.
Anyone with new information, regarding this collision, is requested to contact D/Cst. Bryson of the Traffic Services Branch, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5255.
Also, on Wednesday, Aug. 17th, a 19-year-old male driver of a motorcycle suffered life-threatening injuries after being involved in a collision in Uxbridge.
According to police, at about 6:12 p.m., officers from North Division were called to the scene of a collision between a motorcycle and car, on Brock St. East near Fourth Avenue. Witnesses say that a white Kawasaki motorcycle was westbound, and struck an eastbound vehicle in the eastbound lane. The eastbound vehicle was driven by 17-year-old man from Uxbridge.
The 19 year-old driver was transported to a local hospital, and then air-lifted to a Toronto-area trauma hospital. The 17-year-old male driver of the car was not injured.
Anyone with information about this incident or anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to call D/Cst. Todd Gribbons of the Traffic Services Branch, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5225.
There have now been four motorcycle accidents reported in North Durham in the last couple of weeks. On Wednesday, Aug. 10th, an Oshawa man was seriously injured, after his motorcycle collided with a Honda Sedan, in Port Perry.
The Canada Safety Council has several motorcycle safety tips. These include: taking professional rider training, keeping an adequate amount of space when following or being followed by other vehicles, always wearing a helmet, scanning your course of travel 12 to 15 seconds ahead as well as limiting the distance of your trip.
In a press release released in May of last year, Durham Regional Police also advised riders to obey the speed limit because “over half of motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding.”
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