Motorcyclist struck and killed while stopped near Deerfoot Trail off-ramp

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A 50-year-old man is dead after a van struck a stopped motorcycle near Deerfoot Trail and the northbound off-ramp for 212th Avenue S.E. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)
A 50-year-old man is dead after a van struck a stopped motorcycle near Deerfoot Trail and the northbound off-ramp for 212th Avenue S.E. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)

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.

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