A motorcyclist has died following a horrific collision with an SUV on Highway 403 in Mississauga, Ontario, police said.
The tragic accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Friday, June 15, on the westbound High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane—a lane restricted to certain types of vehicles carrying at least 2 people, reported Mississauga.com.
Ontario Provincial Police confirmed the crash on Saturday and released a photo on Twitter of the aftermath of the collision. In a later post, officials confirmed that a 49-year-old female motorcyclist had succumbed to her horrific injuries while in hospital on Saturday afternoon.
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) June 16, 2018
Harrowing dashcam footage of the accident released on Liveleak shows a dark-colored SUV waiting behind traffic to merge into the HOV lane with its left signal on. The vehicle then illegally crosses the double lines to enter the restricted lane. But seconds later, a motorcyclist smashes into the SUV at a high speed. The impact of the collision sends the 49-year-old rider flying into the air. The woman can be seen being flipped upside down, after which she makes a hard landing on her head.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, drivers can only enter and exit the HOV lane at designated points on the road. These points are marked by signs, white broken lines, and diamond pavement markings.
“It is illegal and unsafe to enter or exit an HOV lane by crossing the striped buffer zone,” the agency said.
It is also illegal for a vehicle with only one passenger to be using an HOV lane, including motorcycles.
Improper use of the HOV lane can incur a $110 fine and 3 demerit points, according to the agency.
It was unclear how many passengers the SUV was carrying.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has a number of motorcycle safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists.
– Staying safe means being visible.
– Stay out of blind spots.
– Wear high visibility jackets and helmets—by wearing color such as orange, yellow and white, which will instantly draw attention.
– Wear a helmet and replace a helmet that has been damaged. Try to avoid buying a used one.
– Along with an approved motorcycle helmet, every rider should wear: shatter-proof eye, protection, a durable, brightly colored jacket, long pants, leather footwear that protects the ankles, full fingered, non-slip gloves, rain and cold weather riding clothes.
– Ride defensively and make every effort to enhance visibility.
– Share the road—look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes.
– Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle.