A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital in critical condition following a collision with another vehicle in South Surrey Wednesday.
The incident occurred just before noon in the 1800-block of 160 Street, when the northbound motorcyclist collided with a southbound Volkswagen as the VW turned left into the Breakaway Bays residential complex.
The 43-year-old motorcyclist, a White Rock resident whom police did not identify, was airlifted from nearby Earl Marriott Secondary. The driver of the Volkswagen, an 83-year-old South Surrey man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
As of Thursday morning, the motorcyclist remained in critical condition.
Off-duty West Vancouver firefighter Jef Young was among the first people on the scene following the crash. He had just put his young daughter down for a nap when he heard the familiar sound of acceleration, followed by silence. The latter is what made him investigate, he told Peace Arch News at the scene.
Young found a motorcycle on its side, and debris – including a vehicle’s bumper – strewn across the entrance road to Breakaway Bays. A black Volkswagen was in the median. Witnesses were scrambling to help.
It took a second to find the motorcyclist, who had been thrown by the impact and landed “50 to 60 feet” north of the cross street.
Young said the motorcyclist had obvious broken bones and was not responsive. He helped stabilize the man until paramedics arrived.
Police say the motorcycle’s speed is being considered as a factor in the collision.
The road was closed for several hours Wednesday while officers with the Mounties’ Criminal Collision Investigation Team and Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service investigated.