To The Haldimand Press
(HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment is investigating a fatal three vehicle collision that claimed the life of a motorcycle rider. The collision occurred on King Street West in Hagersville, Haldimand County, ON.
On Friday April 23, 2021 at 9:05 p.m., OPP, Haldimand County Fire Services and Haldimand County paramedics responded to King Street West for a three vehicle collision. A witness reported that a pickup, a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a motorcycle were involved in the collision. It was further reported that the SUV had fled the scene.
The 23-year-old male rider of the motorcycle suffered life threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.
OPP investigation, thus far, has determined the motorcyclist was travelling westbound on King Street West near Sarah Street when it was struck from behind by a westbound 2001 blue Chevrolet Tahoe SUV causing the motorcyclist to be ejected and then struck by an eastbound pickup truck. The SUV had fled the scene.
A witness further described the fleeing blue Chevrolet Tahoe as having a black hood and that it continued westbound on King Street West and then northbound onto Ojibway Road. The witness further reported that the SUV drove into a ditch on Ojibway Road where two occupants fled the SUV on foot into the bush area.
OPP have recovered the vehicle and members of the Forensic Identification Services unit will conduct an analysis of the SUV.
Members of the OPP Canine Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS – drone), and the OPP helicopter attended and conducted a search of the area.
OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) attended the scene and are assisting with the investigation.
King Street West was closed between Concession 13 Walpole and John Street for approximately six hours while emergency crews and investigators were on scene.
OPP continue to investigate and is asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or have any video surveillance of the area, or who may have any information to assist with the investigation to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.