On Saturday, October 8, 2011 at approximately 1:44 p.m. a motor vehicle on Highway 89 in New Tecumseth came into contact with two (2) motorcycles who were turning southbound on the 10th sideroad.
As a result of the vehicle ramming the motorcycles, at New Tecumseth (at Highway 89 and 10th Sideroad) one young man died at the scene and the other was sent to a Toronto hospital (Sunnybrook hospital) with non-life threatening injuries. The man who survived, suffered a severe compound leg fracture.
The Nottawasaga Ontario Provincial Police were forced to shut down Highway 89 in order to conduct an investigation (OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators) due to the seriousness of this preventable mishap.
The rider (of the 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle) that perished at the scene was 39-year-old Melvin Mejia of Brampton. The rider that lived, with injuries including a compound leg fracture, was 51-year-old Brian MacKenzie of Bond Head. Both of the motorcycle riders were co-workers.
Highway 89 was closed in both directions to allow the OPP to conduct a full and thorough investigation. The highway did not open up again until 9:00 p.m, some seven (7) hours later.
The Nottawasaga OPP have not yet laid charges against the vehicle’s driver that rammed the motorcycle’s resulting in one death and another serious injury.