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B.C. motorcycle crashes kill 3

09/12/2011 04:30 EDT | Updated 11/12/2011 05:12 EST

Three people were killed in separate motorcycle crashes in B.C. over the weekend.

On Sunday,a motorcyclist was killed near Harrison Hot Springs after his bike collided head-on with an oncoming car on Hot Springs Road at about 4:12 p.m. PT.

RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks said the victim, whose name has not been released, has been identified as a 71-year-old man from Agassiz.

Marks said the investigation is ongoing but alcohol appears to have been a factor.

"Police are alleging the 62-year-old man displayed signs of impairment," she said. "He was transported to Chilliwack RCMP detachment where he provided samples of his breath in excess of double the legal limit."

Police are recommending the driver be charged with two impaired driving-related charges.

Nanaimo crash kills 1

A 38-year-old Nanaimo man died in hospital Sunday morning from injuries he sustained in a crash.

Thomas Lee Evans was injured at about 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday on Laguna Way near Universal Place. Police say he was not wearing a helmet at the time.

There were no direct witnesses to the crash, but police say several people reported hearing a motorcycle turning onto Universal Place followed by a loud scraping sound. Several minutes later, a couple out for a drive came upon the crash and called 911.

A mechanical inspection has been ordered, and investigators are awaiting the toxicology report to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Motorcyclist killed in Abbotsford

And on Saturday, a motorcyclist was killed in Abbotsford after his bike collided with a truck.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the truck was trying to make a left turn onto Vye Road when it happened.

"A 49-year-old man is dead. He was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Vye Road in the 34300 block," MacDonald said.

"There was a collision between that motorcycle and a five-ton pickup truck that was driven by a 27-year-old man. The 27-year-old remained on scene and has been cooperative with our investigation."

MacDonald said there were no signs of impairment on the part of the truck driver.

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