Small in stature but big in heart is how friends of Eric Bonneteau describe the 23-year-old who was killed last weekend in a dirt-bike accident in Whitehorse.

Bonneteau was dirt-biking around 4:30 p.m. Saturday off Robert Service Way when he was badly injured. Police say he was wearing a helmet and protective body gear at the time of the accident and alcohol was not a factor.

Bonneteau was treated at the scene and taken to Whitehorse General Hospital. He was later medevaced to Vancouver, where he died of his injuries.

Arden Meyer, the general manager of Trans North Helicopters, where Bonneteau worked, says his death was a great shock.

Eric Bonneteau

Eric Bonneteau, 23, was working towards his journeyman ticket as a mechanic at Trans North Helicopters in Whitehorse. (courtesy of Clint Walker)


"He was working towards his journeyman ticket as a mechanic with us," he said. "He was one of the nicest young men you could ever hope to work with. He had great potential."

Co-worker Clint Walker says Bonneteau worked hard and played hard and said that, on the hockey rink, he looked "like the Tasmanian Devil on skates."

Bonneteau is from B.C. and friends in the dirt-biking community aren't sure if there will be a service in Whitehorse for him. Dale Panchizon says they're organizing a memorial for Bonneteau this Saturday at the place he crashed.

"He was obviously doing something he enjoyed at the time," he said.

Panchizon says the accident was a rare occurrence and dirt biking is relatively safe.

The B.C. Coroners Service is handling the investigation because Bonneteau died at Vancouver General. It says the final report on his death will be done in co-operation with the Yukon Coroner.