New motorcyclist dies in head-on collision near Enderby

Cpl. Gerry Kovacs

NORTH OKANAGAN - Police responded to a fatal motorcycle accident in Enderby mere hours after attending the scene of a tragic car crash in Lumby involving two brothers.

Police and emergency crews responded to the motorcycle around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Cpl. Gerry Kovacs says a 64-year-old Enderby man new to motorcycling was killed in a head on collision with a F350 pick-up truck in the 800 block of Enderby Grindrod Road.

The man died at the scene, while the four occupants of the truck, all Enderby residents, were unharmed. What caused the accident remains under investigation.

In his 25 years on the job, Kovacs has never seen two fatals in one day.

“Words can’t describe, it’s very unusual,” Kovacs says. “Having two in one day is a significant blow.”

He says responding to back-to-back fatalities is tough on members.

“It’s a significant strain on our resources, we’ve got everybody not sleeping through the night and then having to get up and do this all over again,” he says.

The detachment had to make the rare request for a back-up traffic reconstructionist to respond to the second accident, because the first was still analyzing the scene in Lumby.

Anyone who witnessed the motorcycle accident or the vehicles prior to the crash is asked to contact the Enderby RCMP detachment at 250-838-6818. 

The fatalities follow a tragic accident near Oyama involving the death of a 14-year-old Vernon boy.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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