Soldier killed in Manitoba motorcycle crash

A 31-year-old Canadian military soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash in Boissevain, Manitoba, on Monday.

A 31-year-old Canadian military soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash in Boissevain, Manitoba, on Monday.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet, slammed into a parked bulldozer just before 10 p.m. and was ejected from the motorcycle, according to RCMP.

Speed is considered a contributing factor in the crash, police said, noting the bulldozer was parked in a construction company yard near Mountain Street.

The man, whose name has not been released, was rushed to the Boissevain Health Centre where he died a short while later, RCMP said.

He was stationed at CFB Shilo. 

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said the number of motor vehicle fatalities this year is now 71. That's just two shy of the total for all of 2010.

"It's been a very deadly year — 2011 will go down as one of the worst years in RCMP jurisdiction," she said.

"This is just a sad glimpse of where we're heading, and with the long weekend upon us we're very concerned. We beg the public to please, slow down."

RCMP are still investigating the cause of the Boissevain crash.

No further information has been released.

Boissevain is located about 75 kilometres south of Brandon.