Motorcyclist dies after Hwy. 7 crashed

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A crash involving a motorcycle and two other vehicles Friday night just outside Guelph left the motorcycle operator dead and police underscored a troubling trend.

OPP, along with paramedics and firefighters, were called to Highway 7, just west of Wellington Road 32, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say the driver of the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. The OPP said the identity of the deceased is being withheld until next of kin have been notified. Police also stated that no one else involved in the collision was injured.

Officers are still investigating the collision as the exact cause of the accident is still unknown.

“There was no alcohol involved in the two passenger cars involved,” explained Cst. Jacob Unger, with the Wellington County OPP.

“Some testimonies collected suggest that the driver of the motorcycle may have been drinking, but none of this information has been confirmed yet,” he added.

“ALARMING” TREND

It was just two months ago that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) called the number of fatalities involving motorcycles “alarming.”

Updated figures provided to CTV News Saturday night show there have been 37 motorcycle fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads so far in 2022.

This should be compared with 31 for the whole year in 2021.

Investigators say they see some common factors in motorcycle crashes.

“So there were three primary contributing factors to motorcycle crashes, and one was loss of control, failure to yield and excessive speed,” Unger said.

The OPP said they will continue their work to prevent further fatalities while continuing to work with various community and government partners.

“We also continue to take a proactive approach, not only through education, but through patrols…trying to encourage proper driving behavior,” Unger said.

“Officers are always on the lookout for speeders and people driving dangerously.”

He adds that the police ultimately just want everyone to be able to return home safely.

In the case of Friday night’s crash, police are continuing their investigation and anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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