2 motorcyclists killed in separate crashes

Two Eastern Ontario men, including the vice-president of the Cornwall chamber of commerce, died in separate motorcycle accidents, one involving a deer and the other a pickup truck.

The vice-president of the Cornwall, Ont., chamber of commerce has died following a motorcycle accident, while another Eastern Ontario man was killed when his motorcycle struck a deer, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce vice-president Doug Randlett was riding his motorcycle in north-end Cornwall on Thursday afternoon when he was hit by a turning pickup truck, police said.

Randlett worked as a financial broker and was a partner in the Cornwall franchise of Shoeless Joe's, a sports bar and restaurant.

"We are at a loss for words to describe the shock we feel over this unbelievable event," Rick Shaver, the chamber's president, said in a written statement.

The intersection where he was struck is particularly dangerous, some local residents said.

The second man was killed Thursday morning when his motorcycle hit a deer on a county road about 75 kilometres east of Ottawa, OPP said.

Police in North Glengarry Township said the rider was travelling westbound on County Road 24 on a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle when it collided with the deer.

Roch Pierre Thibodeau, 36, of North Glengarry was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed until Friday morning as the OPP conducted its investigation.