Nanaimo man arrested
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Nanaimo RCMP have released a statement announcing the death of a motorcyclist after a collision with a motor vehicle on Friday afternoon.

Police say the crash occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, October 2 at the intersection of Turner Road and Highway 19A.

Preliminary investigations through speaking with witnesses revealed that the motorcyclist was travelling northbound on Highway 19A when he failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with Turner Road.

That is when the motorcyclist crashed into a vehicle turning southbound from Turner Road, and he sustained life threatening injuries in the collision.

Paramedics arrived and transported him to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

No other injuries were reported in the incident, and the intersection is expected to be closed for at least four hours as authorities investigate.

“All vehicle traffic north of Turner Road and travelling south on Highway 19A, is being diverted on to Metral Road from Enterprise Road,” reads the statement from Nanaimo RCMP.

“All vehicle traffic travelling north on Highway 19A and south of Turner Road, is being diverted onto Uplands Drive from Oliver Road.”

Motorists are asked to avoid the area entirely if possible.

Any witnesses who left the area without speaking to an officer, or anyone who has dash cam footage of the collision is asked to reach out to Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.