A motorcyclist who was stopped between an off-ramp and the traffic lanes of Deerfoot Trail was killed early Friday when he was struck by a van.
Police said the crash happened at the 212th Avenue S.E. interchange at around 12:05 a.m.
Prior to the crash, the 50-year-old man was on the motorcycle stopped in a triangular area separating Deerfoot Trail and the off-ramp to 212th Avenue S.E.
Police noted it is illegal to stop in these areas and one can receive a ticket.
While the motorcyclist was stopped there, a 2015 Toyota Sienna van travelling north on Deerfoot Trail entered the area.
The Toyota, which was being driven by a 39-year-old man, struck the rear of the motorcycle at a high rate of speed, police said.
Police said the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Toyota was carrying five passengers, a 39-year-old female and four children ranging in ages from one to 12 years old.
The driver and passengers were taken to hospital as a precaution.
Police said distracted driving is being considered a factor in the crash.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers.