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Police urging motorists to drive safer after three crashes involving motorcycles

Two of the crashes happened in Waterloo Region on Sunday afternoon
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Three crashes. Two days. Three victims.

Police are urging the public to stay alert and drive safer around smaller vehicles on the road after two motorcycle crashes occurred almost back to back.

One happened after motorcycle and vehicle collided around 2 p.m. on Sunday on Courtland Avenue East in Kitchener. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The second one happened almost 30 minutes later on Sunday at the intersection of King Street and University Avenue in Waterloo.

A woman riding the motorbike during that collision was airlifted to hospital soon after police arrived on scene.

The third one happened this Monday morning on Highway 407 near Brock Road around 7:30 a.m. The motorcyclist involved in that crash died.

OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt live-streamed from the scene of the crash on Highway 407 just minutes after a motorcycle crashed into the back of a dump truck.

He says drivers should pay more attention to motorcyclists this week.

"There's going to be a lot of motorcyclists travelling across the province, particularly on Friday as many motorcyclists will make the venture down to Dover. So, if you're driving around, always keep in mind that there could be a motorcycle coming up behind you, beside you or somewhere around you. Always keep your eyes open and use your mirrors and know what's going on," Schmidt says.

Mike Diamond, the manager of the motorcycle training program at Conestoga College, says motorcyclists can add to their own safety.

Diamond says motorcyclists should - "become as visible as possible with their choices of gear, and as much as possible, making eye-contact with drivers, especially when turning into intersections. A large part of it is visibility and it is the assumption on the part of drivers that are not aware or sensing that there are other drivers on the road."

Schmidt says there is an ongoing investigation into speed, as well as the movements of the dump truck and motorcycle before the fatal collision this morning on Highway 407.




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