Police say N.S. man died in bike crash after apparent collision with wife

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HALIFAX - A fatal motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Waverly, N.S., appears to have happened after a husband and wife collided with one another.
The 48-year-old man died in hospital shortly after the 5 p.m. crash on the Waverly Road.
The man from Lawrencetown, N.S., who has not been identified, was riding with his wife, who was on another bike.
The 46-year-old woman also crashed and was listed in serious condition Sunday - no updates were available Monday.
RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin said Monday that alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors.
Taplin says it appears they either collided or touched each other somehow, while going around a turn, and both lost control.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Waverly Road, HALIFAX, Lawrencetown

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  • J
    January 18, 2010 - 10:05

    My condolences to the family at this time.

    I recently had an argument about Motorcycles traveling together with my husband. While on the 104 we seen a group of bikes traveling together side by side in groups of two, passing other vehicles and this concerned me. I feel it should be law that they travel in single file just as a cars do with distance between each other. Accidents and mistakes can happen if side by side and one has to react to something in a hurry and the one beside does not notice the other. My husband argues that can happen with cars passing each other as well and I do see that point however you are more protected from serious injury from a side swipe in a car. I just feel it should be inforced single file for bikes on the roads for their safety.

  • Dawn
    January 18, 2010 - 09:53

    First off I also extend my condolences to the family. In response to the comment above, I just wanted to note that the proper way for a group of bikes to travel together is for them to stagger themselves - not be right beside each other but not one behind the other either. If two or more bikes are travelling directly behind the other - cars behind them can often not tell that there is more than one bike in the line. From behind it will look like only 1 bike in front of them which is not good if someone is pulling out to pass and doesn't realize that there are multiple bikes. Also, bikers should never drive down the center of the road - this is where all of the oil and liquids land from cars and trucks - the bikes would be driving on an oil slick. When driving they should be in the tire lines of the cars....if only one bike then the tire track closest to the center line....if staggered then the lead bike would be in the track closest to the center line with the next bike in line being in the tire track closer to the edge of the road and so on.
    These are just a few of the safety measures that are out there for bikers and this is what is taught when you take the motorcycle safety course. (note I am not trying to make any judgement calls on how the individuals in this case were driving as I was not a witness and have no idea)