A motorcyclist is dead after a crash with a van near the Victoria Golf Course Sunday evening.

At 6:51 p.m., police got a call after they say a Toyota Sienna van made a U-turn heading up Victoria Park Road, just past the crosswalk midway up the hill. A motorcycle going down the hill smashed into the centre left side of the van.

An ambulance was called but the rider, 21-year-old Lance Mingo of P.E.I., died shortly after it arrived. He was wearing a helmet.

There were six people in the van. Four, including a two-year-old girl, were taken to hospital as a precaution and released that evening. Police said charges were pending against the 47-year-old male driver of the van.

Const. Rick Wevers with the EPS Major Collision Investigation Unit said several witnesses reported that the motorcycle was going down the hill fast, but couldn't say exactly how fast.


Const. Nick Wevers says Victoria Park Road is one of a few trouble spots for motorcycle crashes. (CBC)

Wevers said Victoria Park Road, as well as Groat Road, continue to be problem areas for motorcycle crashes.

"Sometimes things get out of hand, perhaps a little bit of speed, and these are the results," Wevers said at the scene.

"Unfortunately, you don't have any sheet metal around you, minimal protection, and sometimes a helmet unfortunately just isn't enough."

This is Edmonton’s 19th traffic fatality of the year.



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