Toronto man killed in motorcycle crash on Dempster Highway in Yukon

A section of the Dempster Highway, in autumn. (Avery Zingel/CBC - image credit)

A Toronto man is dead after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Dempster Highway in northern Yukon and was hit by another vehicle.

The incident happened at about 11 a.m. on Friday, according to a news release from the Yukon Coroner's Service on Tuesday.

The deceased motorcyclist — 58-year-old Gregory James Thompson from Toronto — had been travelling with a group of 19 motorcyclists heading south on the remote highway toward Dawson City, from Eagle Plains. The group had gone as far as the Arctic Circle the day before.

The incident happened at kilometre 198 on the Dempster Highway. The coroner said Thompson lost control of his motorcycle on the gravel and fell in the opposite lane, where he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. He died before RCMP or emergency medical services arrived at the scene.

A section of the highway was closed for most of the day Friday.

The coroner said Thompson had flown from Toronto to meet the motorcycle group in Whitehorse on June 8.