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Officer not at fault in motorcycle crash

An RCMP officer was found not at fault in a May 11 motorcycle crash and fatality south of Penticton.
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May 17, 2013 - 5:18 PM

There will be no investigation into the death of a motorcyclist killed south of Penticton last weekend.

A rider was killed after losing control of his motorcycle. He passed a police car shortly before the crash. The Independent Investigation Office was put on alert due to an officer being involved.

The IIO examined the in-car video from the police vehicle. At 8:52 p.m. the RCMP officer was driving south on Eastside Road. A few seconds later the officer was passed by a motorcycle traveling north at 137 kilometres per hour.

As the officer turned the emergency lights on he was passed by a second motorcycle traveling north.

The officer passed that second motorcycle parked on the side of the road almost a minute later. The first motorcycle was not visible. The officer turned off his flashing lights and continued.

A minute later the officer rounded a curve and saw a "large dust cloud" ahead. The flashing lights went back on and the officer found the male motorcycle rider and a female passenger. The man did not survive his injuries but the woman did and was taken to hospital.

The total time from the first sight of the motorcycle until the crash was 67 seconds.

The IIO conclude the officer's actions did not contribute to the crash and the case is closed.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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