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Okanagan father calls for lights at intersection after son dies in Highway 97 motorcycle crash

Tavin Hansom, 18, died in a motorcycle accident June 23, 2022.
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The father of a teen who died in a motorcycle crash earlier this week is calling for change at the intersection where the accident occurred.

Lake Country resident James Hansom said he was driving north on Highway 97 with his son Tavin Hansom, 18, who was driving a motorcycle, when a vehicle pulled out in front of Tavin causing him to collide with it.

“Me and my boy work together and we were coming home from work,” he said. “There’s just way too many crosses along that road.”

In May, a cyclist died at that same intersection when they collided with a vehicle.

READ MORE: Cyclist killed on Highway 97 near Kelowna

Hansom wants to see a set of lights go into that intersection at Highway 97 and Old Vernon Road where the crash occurred.

“It’s a major intersection right there, there’s a lot of traffic in there. There’s people constantly powering (up) trying to get into traffic... and people are constantly breaking hard,” he said.

Hansom’s family is travelling to the Okanagan and they have found a place to stay, he said.

The crash happened June 23 just before 4 p.m. in the northbound lanes. Police are investigating and asking for witnesses or anyone with dash camera recordings of the incident.

From 2016 to 2020, 125 crashes were reported by ICBC at that intersection. Kelowna's Harvey Avenue and Spall Road and the turning lane have the most crashes in the city, with 508 reported between 2016 to 2020.

- This story was corrected at 4:15 p.m. as the number of ICBC crashes at the Highway 97, Old Vernon Road intersection was incorrect.

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