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Motorcyclist swerved, struck SUV in fatal Vernon crash

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February 15, 2016 - 11:19 AM

VERNON - Vernon RCMP continue to investigate the cause of a fatal motorcycle crash over the weekend.

A motorcycle travelling north on Highway 97 crossed the centre line and struck an SUV about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 13, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says. The SUV went off the road into the ditch just north of 48 Avenue.

The 43-year-old Salmon Arm motorcyclist died at the scene. It’s unknown if he was wearing a helmet. His name has not been released.

An 83-year-old man and 82-year-old woman in the SUV were both transported to hospital with minor injuries.

What caused the motorcyclist to swerve across the centre line remains under investigation, Noseworthy says. A traffic reconstructionist analyzed the scene, and the motorcycle will have a mechanical inspection done. The weather at the time was rainy and above freezing. 

Noseworthy says it’s early for motorcyclists to be out, due to sand and gravel covering the roadways, although they are permitted to ride year round.

She does ask anyone who witnessed the collision, and haven’t yet spoken to the RCMP, to call the Vernon detachment at 250-545-7171.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 6:12 a.m. Feb. 16, 2016 to say the motorcyclist is from Salmon Arm. 

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