UPDATE: Former Vernon Mountie dies motorcycling in California

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VERNON - A former Vernon Mountie and City of Vernon employee has died in a motorcycle crash in northern California.

Blair Imrie, 62, lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle going around a bend and succumbed to his injuries.

A report from the California Highway Patrol says Imrie was traveling too fast for the conditions, veered into a drainage ditch and hit a rock embankment. He was thrown from the motorcycle and the machine landed on top of him.

Passing motorists and friends traveling with Imrie performed CPR, but he could not be revived.

Police spokesperson Gord Molendyk worked with Imrie, who retired as a corporal with the Vernon RCMP 17 years ago and took a position as records manager with the city. He worked there for almost 15 years before retiring in May 2012.

“He was very much a fellow that when he did his job, he was a very particular, conscientious individual,” Molendyk says. “I’m surprised and devastated to hear the loss, especially this way.”

The Coldstream man was an avid and passionate motorcyclist.

“I know he was looking forward to this trip, I talked to him briefly before he left. He loved his motorcycle,” Molendyk says.

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To contact the 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.

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