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Two dead in pair of unrelated motorcycle collisions
Published Monday, September 11, 2017 12:05PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, September 11, 2017 6:14PM MDT
Edmonton police said investigations were underway after a man and a woman were killed in two separate, unrelated collisions involving motorcycles Sunday night.
Officers were called to the first collision on Groat Road, at the bottom of Victoria Park Road hill, at about 9 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017.
EPS arrived to find a 30-year-old male motorcycle driver in serious medical distress, and his female passenger deceased, lying near the intersection of Groat Road Bridge and Groat Road.
The investigation is in its early stages, but witnesses told police the male driver was headed westbound down Victoria Park Road Hill when his motorcycle allegedly hit a vehicle headed in the same direction.
Both were thrown from the motorcycle, police said the female passenger died instantly. The driver was taken to hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
CTV News has identified the deceased as Harley Dakota, 23.
“She was just a beautiful person inside and out, she was always there when I needed her,” Jelin Patlock said.
Friends told CTV News she has a 10-month-old son.
“She honestly, such a bright, happy, genuine kind of person,” friend Kendra Miller said. “So it was definitely a shock to find out this morning that she had passed.”
Now, her family is working to bring her home to Ontario, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for her funeral.
Later that same night, at about 11 p.m., officers in southeast Edmonton were called to the area of Parsons Road, south of the Anthony Henday Drive overpass.
Police arrived to find a deceased male motorcycle driver lying on the road, a vehicle that had been driven in the opposite direction was in the ditch on the east side of Parsons Road.
It’s believed the motorcyclist was headed northbound on Parsons Road, while the driver of a car was headed southbound when the two vehicles collided.
In this case, no charges have been laid, and police are still investigating.
Drivers in the areas around both collision scenes were advised to avoid those areas as police investigated overnight.
With files from Jonathan Glasgow