Male motorcyclist dies in single vehicle accident in Toronto

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The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has published this photo of the scene on Twitter. (511Ontario/Twitter - image credit)
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has published this photo of the scene on Twitter. (511Ontario/Twitter - image credit)

A male motorcyclist is dead after a single vehicle accident in Toronto on Friday, police say.

Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said police were notified about the fatal collision at about 2:15 p.m.

According to Hopkinson, the motorcyclist was heading northbound from the Don Valley Parkway onto Highway 401 eastbound when he either lost control or fell off his vehicle, striking the median. He was catapulted onto the Highway 401 eastbound collector lanes and it's believed another vehicle struck him, he said.

Hopkinson said the motorcyclist was found without vital signs on Highway 401 and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name and age have not been released.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division, said witnesses reported seeing the motorcycle travelling at a high speed before the collision.

"The driver was not able to maintain control as he exited onto the Highway 401 where he was ejected from his motorcycle and ended up on the highway below," Schmidt said.

The collision has prompted a number of closures of on-ramps connecting the DVP with Highway 401.

The Highway 401 eastbound collectors lane is closed at the 404/DVP. The southbound Highway 404 on-ramp to eastbound Highway 401 and the on-ramps for eastbound Highway 401 from Yonge Street, Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street are also closed.

The northbound DVP on-ramp to eastbound Highway 401 has reopened, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

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