UPDATE: Police confirm pickup truck veered into motorcycle’s lane

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Investigators have confirmed that it appears a pickup truck involved in a deadly two-vehicle collision in Victoria on the evening of Monday, June 23 veered into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

The aftermath of a deadly head-on collision between a pickup and a motorcycle in Victoria on the evening of Monday, June 23.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 64-year-old man from Carbonear, later died of his injuries.

The head-on collision occurred at about 6 p.m., and an RCMP spokesman said there were “a lot of witnesses” to the crash.

“The truck crossed the centre line,” said the spokesman.

An investigation is ongoing, but police have already ruled out speed or alcohol as a factor.

The pickup was occupied by a lone male driver from the North Shore area.

“If the evidence is there, we will proceed with charges,” said RCMP Sgt. Greg Hicks. “It will take us time to piece it all together.”

Emergency responders found both vehicles off the road when they arrived. 

The Carbonear man was transported to hospital in Carbonear with serious injuries, but later died.

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

Sgt. Hicks said the identity of the victim is not being released at this time. 

Geographic location: Carbonear

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  • Terry
    June 27, 2014 - 12:46

    Until the Police investigation is concluded terms like "Murder" and "irresponsible driving" have no bearing here. Too many a time I've been passed by riders on "crouch rockets"doing in excess of 120k with no regard for their safety or anyone elses. This was a senseless accidental loss of life. Nowadays you must watch how others operate their vehicles and be ready in an instant to take evasive maneuvers. Hopefully lessons will be learned from this tragic accident.

    • Jerry
      July 01, 2014 - 21:14

      Mr Terry, You have totally missed the point. For one this was not a motorcycle accident. The victim here could have been anyone, couple out walking, children or another motorists. He was run down point blank. Secondly, what term would you use to describe the operator who takes no action to control his vehicle on a public roadway? Irresponsible is only one of a few words I could use. Maybe careless use of a firearm? Same kind of result. Bottom line is we as drivers are responsible for our actions and inaction. There was a few things this truck guy could have been doing but im betting paying attention to driving was not one of them. Maybe manslaughter would sound better!!!

  • john collier
    June 26, 2014 - 00:05

    It's about time, drivers take notice of motorcyles on our roads, its that time of year again, to many senceless accidents.

  • George
    June 25, 2014 - 09:09

    Murder. It is time courts start setting people straight on responsabilty of being the driver .

  • Rider
    June 25, 2014 - 08:02

    jerry is exactly right. Shoot someone with your gun, manslaughter, run someone down with your truck because you were driving irresponsibly and get nothing. Dangerous driving causing death should be the minimal charge. Make an example for the safety of everyone.

  • jerry
    June 25, 2014 - 06:52

    Accidents happen when conditions are bad, rain, slippery , poor visibility, snow etc. When you veer a 2ton truck into incoming traffic in perfect conditions, well that's something different. Let's hope our justice system sees it the same way.

    • jman
      June 25, 2014 - 09:19

      Hoping a cell phone was not the cause here.....