SUV slams into biker, sending him to hospital
The Daily News (Kamloops)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Section: City & Region
Byline: Cam Fortems
Source: The Daily News
The first warm day of the year recorded the first motorcycle wreck when a motorist hit a rider Monday afternoon, dragging and pinning his bike against a storefront.
Witnesses said the driver of a black SUV travelling westbound on Victoria Street at Second Avenue was turning left when she struck the motorcyclist.
The rider was taken to hospital by paramedics. He was conscious and sitting up when emergency personnel arrived.
Terry Hallworth, who was standing on a streetcorner at the crash site, said the initial contact between the truck and motorcycle happened at low speed "but she (SUV driver) panicked and almost pinned him there."
The truck came to a stop against the Fulton & Co. building on the southwest corner. The Kawasaki dual-purpose bike was dragged and pinned beneath the truck.
Pam Shaw, a first-aid attendant who works at the Royal Bank across the road, rushed across the street to help the injured rider.
She said the rider's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
"He knew his wife," she said. "I phoned her for him."
Shaw and other witnesses expressed astonishment the rider wasn't badly hurt or dragged under the SUV. She also said the driver appeared to hit the throttle rather than the brake after initial impact.
"She didn't come to a quick stop," Shaw said of the elderly female driver. "To drive into the building like that -- it's quite possible."
A footpeg, trim pieces and shattered plastic from broken lenses were scattered across the sidewalk beneath the truck's path.
David Magnien was walking down Victoria Street when he heard the impact. He said the rider either took action to jump up after the initial impact or was lucky to land on the hood instead of beneath the truck.
"We had to get him out of the way of the gasoline. It was just pouring out of the bike."
The driver of the SUV did not appear to suffer injury. She calmly spoke to rescue personnel after the crash. Minutes earlier she sat nearby, cradling her head in her hands.
© 2006 The Daily News (Kamloops)