Man killed in off-road collision in Boomerang Lake area

A 21-year-old man is dead after he collided with an all-terrain vehicle while riding his motorcycle in a remote area near Nanaimo.

Witnesses told investigators the victim and another man were riding motorcycles in the area of Boomerang Lake around 3 p.m. Sunday when the victim collided with one of three all-terrain vehicles.

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First responders were not able to reach the victim by road due to the remote location. An air ambulance landed about one kilometre from the site just before 4 p.m.

The victim was taken to a Victoria-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the all-terrain vehicle was not injured in the collision.

Both the motorcycle and the ATV were seized and will undergo mechanical inspections.

Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP said the investigation is in the preliminary stages.

“Along with the B.C. Coroners Service being advised, investigators will be examining a number of factors that may have contributed to the fatal collision, such as speed of the vehicles, road and weather conditions and any alcohol consumption,” he said.

Police are asking for anyone with information about the driving or behaviour of the people involved prior to the collision to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-8241.

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