A 55-year-old motorcyclist is dead after a passing trailer wheel became detached and struck the biker on Highway 1 near Revelstoke.

The Vancouver Island man was riding a Harley Davidson when he was hit by the loose wheel that narrowly missed another motorcyclist as well.

According to a B.C. Highway Patrol media release, the fatal incident took place at 2:20 p.m. July 3, 34 kilometres west of Revelstoke.

"The initial investigation determined that a westbound F350 pickup truck from Alberta that was pulling a 16’ single axle utility trailer suddenly lost one of the trailer tires. The tire bounced into oncoming traffic narrowly missing an eastbound motorcycle but struck the driver of a second Harley Davidson motorcycle," the release says. "The 55-year-old male driver from Sooke, succumbed to his injuries at (the) scene despite life-saving efforts from a passerby physician from Germany and a nurse. The passenger on the bike was injured and transported to Royal Inland Hospital."

Police say Highway 1 was closed for several hours and the RCMP is investigating with help from the B.C. Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement program and the B.C. Coroners’ Service.

Revelstoke RCMP is appealing to anyone that may have a dashboard camera video to contact B.C. Highway Patrol Revelstoke at 250-814-8173.

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