Police determined that the driver of the Dodge pickup truck, thinking it was safe to do so, pulled out of a parking lot in the 1000 block to turn left on Alaska Avenue when he crossed the path of a westbound Harley Davidson motorcycle and the motorcycle contacted the side of the truck. The truck driver’s view was reportedly obscured by a large commercial truck that was also travelling westbound in the right lane as the motorcycle was passing in the left lane.
The driver of the motorcycle – a 17-year-old male resident of Dawson Creek – was treated by off-duty paramedics until emergency crews arrived, and then was taken to local hospital as a precautionary measure with minor injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
Dawson Creek RCMP are investigating laying charges against the driver of the pickup truck.
Police would like to remind motorists that when entering a roadway, it is their responsibility to ensure it is safe to do so. Failure to do so can result in charges being laid under the Motor Vehicle Act, or more serious charges. Motorists are asked to be patient when entering or crossing traffic, as a few extra seconds or minutes waiting could save someone a trip to the hospital.