Motorcyclist dead after being hit by minivan along Deerfoot Trail near Calgary’s south end πŸ’₯😭😭πŸ’₯

CALGARY —
Police are looking at distracted driving as a possible factor in a crash early Friday that left a motorcyclist dead on Deerfoot Trail.

Calgary Police say the man was found dead just after midnight when crews arrived in the northbound lanes of Deerfoot Trail, just north of 212 Ave southeast.

According to Sgt. Colin Foster with the Calgary Police Service traffic unit, a 2012 Victory Jackpot motorcycle was stopped in the gore β€” a section of the highway painted in a chevron pattern that is not meant for driving. The rider was sitting stationary on the bike.

“It’s like most of our crashes. Unfortunately it’s usually a sequence of events, where sometimes it’s the wrong place at the wrong time. That tends to be the majority of our collisions,” he said.

Foster says a northbound Toyota Sienna minivan went through the gore that separates the exit lanes to 212 Avenue S.E., striking the motorcyclist.

The victim was a 50-year-old man.

The driver of the minivan, a 39-year-old man, was sent to hospital with minor injuries.

The passengers, a 39-year-old woman and four children ranging in age from one to 12 years old, were not injured but taken to hospital as a precaution. It’s believed the occupants of the minivan are a family.

Northbound Deerfoot Trail was closed between Dunbow Road and 212 Avenue S.E. for several hours but reopened shortly before 6 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Motorcyclist dead after being hit by minivan along Deerfoot Trail near Calgary’s south end

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