New Glasgow man killed after bike leaves road near Bible Hill

Sherry Martell
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NEW GLASGOW - A New Glasgow paving company is reeling from the shock of loosing two staff members over the weekend.
Webster Bros. Paving employees Ian Grant Kirk, 28, and Patrick Joseph (P.J.) Weeks, 31, both of New Glasgow, died on June 13 in unrelated events.
"It's tragic," said Nolan Webster, owner of Webster Bros. Paving.
"I treat these young people like sons. We are a family business and everyone of them is like family to me."
He said the young men had worked with the company for a number of years as members of five-person street crews, but were not assigned to the same crew.
Webster said grief counselling has been made available to assist about 14 of the men's co-workers to cope with the shocking loss.
Kirk was killed on Saturday night when the yellow dirt bike he was driving left the road near the interchange of Highway 102 and Highway 104 near Bible Hill.
RCMP spokesman Sgt. Mark Gallagher said a witness called 911 about 10:49 p.m. after watching the bike head into a wooded area and did not see it return to the highway.
"The police were able to find the motorcycle and called EHS (Emergency Health Services) knowing there could be serious injuries," said Gallagher.
"They started looking for the victim and found him about five to 10 minutes later, located about 100 metres from the motorcycle."
A medical examiner was called and pronounced Kirk dead at the scene.
Gallagher said speed may have been involved in the crash and police are continuing their investigation.
Trevor Stinson went to high school with Kirk and the two were golfing partners and good friends.
"He really loved to play golf and ride his dirt bike. He also loved playing poker and getting together with the boys," he said Tuesday. "He was just an all-around good guy. He played hard and worked hard."
Weeks also passed away on Saturday, surrounded by his family and friends in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
He leaves behind a son, Lucas Hemwood.
Weeks was a Montreal Canadien's fanatic and loved to fish, play golf and write poetry.
Webster said Weeks' sudden death was not related to a motor vehicle accident but declined further comment saying it was a private matter.

smartell@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Webster Bros. Paving, RCMP, Health Services Cape Breton Regional Hospital

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Bible Hill, Sydney

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