by Dave Preston
Traffic was down to single-lane alternating on Hwy. 97 south of Renfrew Road Wednesday morning after a driver lost control of his motorcycle.
Cnst. Bob Charron said he was pulled over to the side of the highway in an unmarked police SUV with his emergency lights flashing. He said he was waiting for a break in the traffic to pull a u-turn to go after a speeder.
Two motorbikes were southbound in the fast lane, according to Charron. The first motorbike passed the SUV with no problem, but the second motorbike hit the pavement.
Charron said he believed the motorbike driver was attempting to slow down and may have braked too fast. There was also a fissure in the pavement that may have contributed to the crash.
Speed was not a factor, according to Charron.
The motorbike driver, who is experienced according to his partner, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Kelowna General Hospital.
Charron said a truck was directly behind the motorcycle and credit its driver for acting quickly and braking fast enough to avoid hitting the motorcycle driver.