Police Report: Injured dirt bikers airlifted after two separate crashes

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for May 10 to 18:

Dirt bikers needed airlifts for medical treatment after being seriously injured in two separate incidents on the Sunshine Coast on May 17.

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In the first incident, police attended a single-vehicle crash near Claydon Road and Sexwamin Street in Garden Bay, after Emergency Health Services reported a dirt biker had struck a tree and gone down an embankment. The driver, who sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries, was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. Witnesses reported that the rider had not been wearing a helmet and appeared to be speeding when he lost control of his new bike. The matter is still under investigation.

In a separate incident on the same day, police assisted Emergency Health Services with a dirt bike mishap in the 1600 block of Lockyer Road, Roberts Creek, after the rider swerved to avoid a deer, lost control and ended up in the ditch. The rider was removed from the scene by paramedics and airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital for serious non-life-threatening injuries. The matter has been referred to ICBC.


• On May 15, a mischief was reported at a business in the 5500 block of Inlet Avenue, Sechelt, after an irate customer slammed a door hard enough to break the glass. A witness was able to note the licence plate of the vehicle the client drove away in and police located the suspect at her residence. The unlicensed driver was issued a violation ticket for no driver’s licence and the file is still under investigation.

Loose wheel causes collision

• On May 14, police attended a single-vehicle incident on Highway 101 near Norwest Bay Road, Sechelt, after a vehicle went into the ditch and flipped over onto its roof. The uninjured driver was able to exit the vehicle on his own. It appears one of the vehicle’s tires came loose and fell off just before the vehicle went into the ditch. The vehicle was towed and the matter has been referred to ICBC.

Impaired Collision

• Early on May 13, police attended a possible impaired driver incident near the intersection of Bligh Road and Mills Road in West Sechelt. The driver was located in her vehicle, which she’d crashed in a ditch. The uninjured driver, who was exhibiting signs of intoxication from alcohol, was taken back to the detachment where breath samples confirmed she was impaired by alcohol. The driver was given an appearance notice for court, a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and her vehicle was impounded. The file is under investigation.

Hit and Run

• On May 18, a hit and run was reported in the 400 block of Marine Drive, Gibsons, after the suspect vehicle collided with a parked vehicle. A witness reported the suspect driver fled the scene but then circled back and looked at the damage caused before speeding off again without leaving the parked vehicle driver a note. The witness was able to note a plate number and vehicle and driver description. The file is still under investigation.

Stolen Cash

• On May 14, a Coast resident reported he’d lost his wallet at a business in the 800 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons. The wallet was found by staff in the parking lot with everything intact except for a large amount of cash. Police are reviewing surveillance video and the file is still under investigation.

Found Ring

• On May 12, a woman’s ring that had been found near Elphinstone Secondary School in Gibsons was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2020-3003.

Found Bike

On May 16, an adult bike that had been found in downtown Sechelt was turned in. Owner may claim with detailed description within 90 days. Reference police file 2020-3089.

– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP

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