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Kamloops family trying to piece together what happened after deadly crash on Highway 1

Christopher Crerar, 49, has been identified by his family as the victim of a deadly crash on Highway 1 on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 near the Lafarge exit.
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August 12, 2019 - 1:34 PM

KAMLOOPS — The family of a Kamloops man is trying to understand what happened after a fatal accident on the Trans-Canada Highway this past weekend.

The victim of the crash has been identified by his family as 49-year-old Christopher Crerar.

He was riding his motorcycle on Highway 1 near the Lafarge Exit when he was ejected from his motorcycle after hitting a deer. Police say after he was tossed from his motorcycle, they believe he was struck by multiple vehicles and drivers may have not realized it.

Police are looking to speak to anyone who was in that area on Aug. 9 at approximately 9:45 p.m.

“If you’re travelling on the highway at highway speed at night in a not well lit area and you’re suddenly coming across the site of a collision and hit something but you may have not realized what it was exactly and for whatever reason you decide to keep going and you didn’t want to stop or investigate further, which is fine, we are just looking to speak with anyone who may have sustained some damage to their vehicle after hitting something on the highway,” RCMP media relations Cpl. Mike Halskov says.

He says police will most likely not be investigating this as a hit and run case.

“I don’t think it’s going to go that way,” he says. “Because it was completely innocent on the part of the drivers that come across it… it’s just one of those things that happen and unfortunately they were very tragic circumstances that led to this.”

Halskov says police believe more than one vehicle may have been involved.

“The thought is that there is more than one vehicle that might have hit some debris on the highway or possibly hit the individual that was ejected from his motorcycle after hitting the deer so we certainly would like to speak to those individuals,” Halskov says, adding police have already received several calls from individuals reporting they might have been involved.

Police are still looking for witnesses, or anyone who might have dash cam footage that was travelling through that area.

Anyone with information can contact the Central Interior Traffic Services at 250-828-3111.

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