Penticton motorcyclist killed in Nanaimo

Tyler Edwards, 34, was riding a white Yamaha motorcycle in Nanaimo when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
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PENTICTON - A drunk driver struck and killed a former Penticton man in Nanaimo on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Tyler Edwards, 34, was heading northbound on a Yamaha motorcycle on Stewart Avenue when the accident occurred. Edwards entered the fast lane to pass a slower moving truck. A Nanaimo man, 61, driving a Jeep stopped at a stop sign, made a left hand turn onto Stewart Avenue and struck the motorcyclist. Edwards was transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The motorcyclist's speed and the Jeep driver's alcohol consumption each played roles in the collision. The Jeep driver was taken into custody for an impaired investigation and his name has not been released. No charges have yet been made agains the Jeep driver, Const. Gary O'Brien says.

Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services, the collision reconstructionist, and the coroner’s office are continuing the investigation.

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

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