RCMP have withheld the name of a motorcyclist killed after losing control of his machine in Red Deer late Sunday night.
Const. Shaun Marchand, a media liaison officer with the Red Deer City RCMP, said the man was 32 and from Eastern Canada, but no other details of his identification will be released at the request of his family.
The man died after hitting the median in the 3800 block of Gaetz Avenue. A police officer investigating reports of an impaired rider saw an eastbound motorcycle waiting for the lights to change at the intersection of Gaetz Avenue and 32nd Street.
The officer signalled the rider to pull over after seeing him smoke the motorcycle’s tires before turning north onto Gaetz.
The officer deactivated his emergency lights when the rider sped away, but caught up to him moments later when the bike hit the median, said Marchand.
Red Deer Emergency Services fire-medics were there within moments but were unable to save his life. The man was pronounced dead at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, he said.
Investigation later revealed that the motorcycle had been reported stolen on July 26, that it was displaying a licence plate from a different vehicle and that the man was carrying identification stolen from yet another vehicle in Red Deer on Thursday, Aug. 19.