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Severn man killed in motorcycle crash

By Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times



The Thanksgiving long weekend began and ended with tragedy in the OPP's Central Region, with the discovery of a missing canoeist in Kawartha Lakes Friday and the death of Severn Township man Monday afternoon.

The body of 17-year-old Salar Alizadeli was recovered from Sturgeon Lake midday Friday, almost week after the canoe he was in capsized, sending he and three others into the water. Two of the young men were rescued Oct. 1; a third, 18-year-old Mohammadmehdi Ahmadi, was found deceased later that day.

Just west of Coldwater Monday afternoon, a 73-year-old man died following a crash between a car and a motorcycle Monday afternoon.

Just before 2:30 p.m., emergency crews were called to the collision which took place on the Highway 400 underpass at Vasey Road in Seven Township. The crash was nearest to the southbound ramp to the highway from Vasey.

Initial investigation by police determined the passenger car was in the process of conducting a turning manoeuvre when it was struck by a mototorcycle travelling westbound on Vasey Road.

The 73-year-old piloting the motorcycle was transported to hospital where he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash. His identity has not be released.

Vasey Road was closed between the two Highway 400 on/off-ramps while the Orillia OPP and the Central Region Technical Traffic Collision Unit conducted their investigation into this traffic fatality. The road was re-opened at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Statistics for the Central Region detachments continued to trickle in throughout the day Tuesday. But Sgt. Peter Leon was able to see the OPP in action first hand in his travels throughout the region with the cottage traffic Friday and Monday.

The number of preventable collisions on OPP roads over the weekend was disappointing, he said.

"It's been a horribly deadly year on our roads when it comes to motorcycles and passenger vehicles," Leon said.

The OPP has been preaching the need to change driver behaviour in its messaging for years now, but the messages aren't seeming the get through still to many drivers. Even though the vast majority of the people made it to-and-from their destinations this weekend, more than enough didn't due to poor choices made either by themselves or by other motorists.

"I would describe it as frustrating when you look at what has happened out there on our roads," Leon continued. "We certainly try to message and provide people with opportunities ... People need to make the right choices."

That was the message from one of Leon's colleagues last week. In Elmvale, a 29-year-old Tiny Township man was charged with race a motor vehicle -- excessive speed Thursday evening, after he was observed allegedly travelling 183 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

A news release indicated police believed the driver to be under the influence when he was pulled over. The unnamed man was found to be in the warn range and would have had his licence suspended for three days, had he not already been facing a seven day suspension for the stunt driving.

Leon highlighted this instance as a case where the wrong choice was made.

"Even after all these years in speaking to this, I still find myself at a loss for words," he added. "There's no reason for this to still be happening."

The investigation into Monday's fatal motorcycle collision near Coldwater is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536.

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