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Two dead; Malahat reopens after crash involving motorcycle
By Katie DeRosa, Times ColonistFebruary 20, 2010
Aftermath of an accident Saturday on the Malahat that left one motorcyclist dead. The accident occurred near the Spectacle Lake turnoff.Photograph by: Geoff Park, .VICTORIA - A province-wide manhunt is underway for the driver who allegedly caused a head-on crash with a motorcycle on the Malahat that left both riders dead Saturday
According to Shawnigan Lake RCMP, at around 12:20 p.m., a black newer-model Honda sedan heading south made an illegal left turn into the Arbutus rest stop at the section of highway between the Spectacle Lake turnoff and Split Rock. The northbound motorcycle was unable to avoid the car, and slammed into the hood, sending both him and his passenger flying.
The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the critically injured woman was rushed to Victoria General Hospital, where she later died.
The driver of the Honda, which police say was stolen, fled the scene on foot.
That set off an extensive search that included a police dog team from Nanaimo, coast guard, RCMP helicopters from Vancouver, and officers from Shawnigan Lake, West Shore and South Island Traffic Services. They were unable to find the suspect.
RCMP allege the man stole the car from a home in North Vancouver early Saturday morning. The homeowners reported the theft to North Vancouver RCMP and the car was seen going through the toll booth at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.
The suspect’s picture was captured by B.C. Ferries video surveillance, and the man arrived at the Departure Bay terminal at 10 a.m.
The photo has been distributed to surrounding police departments and the Island’s Integrated Road Safety Unit was conducting road checks to try and locate the man.
The southbound lane of the Malahat was closed for nearly six hours as collision reconstruction experts and the forensic identification unit investigated the scene.
Police are not releasing the names of the two who were killed until they can notify their next of kin.
The investigation is being led by the South Island Traffic Services criminal crash team.
Anyone with information who has yet to speak with police is asked to call Const. Brian Sampson at 250-416-0352.