Off-road cyclist airlifted to Toronto with serious injuries

Police say a 15-year-old was involved in an accident with a van in Elmvale on Wednesday evening

A 15-year-old dirt bike rider involved in a crash Wednesday night in Elmvale was airlifted to a Toronto-area hospital with serious injuries.

Huronia West OPP officers responded to the Robinson Road and Yonge Street South area on August 31 at 8:48 p.m., for a reported collision between a pickup truck and a dirt bike.

Police say the crash happened as “a group of youths were riding through the city streets. One off-road motorcycle was involved in a collision while the other three motorcycles fled the scene,” according to A press release.

Huronia West OPP is asking any witnesses who have not already spoken to police or have dash cam footage of the collision to call the detachment at 705-429-3575 or 1-888-310-1122.

The Ontario Provincial Police has reminded all off-road vehicle drivers to exercise caution and obey laws designed to keep you safe while operating any type of off-road vehicle (ORV). All provincial and Simcoe County roads remain restricted for off-road vehicle use. ORVs are permitted on most municipal roads in Springwater, with some exceptions.

According to the police, operators must be aged 16 or over and hold a valid G2, M2 or higher driving license to drive on an authorized road. ORVs must have a license plate and the driver must be in possession of a driver’s license, registration permit and proof of insurance. When you are on the trails, also a valid pass.

With days getting shorter and daylight hours decreasing, police say operators also need to be aware of what time they are leaving for a journey, especially when they are not equipped with lights. Darkness and lack of lighting can have tragic consequences.

The Ontario Provincial Police says ORV collision investigations continue to show that loss of control, alcohol use, inexperience and general negligence are major contributory factors to serious injuries and to deaths.

“Drivers should remember that some of these units are increasing in size and horsepower. They are not always given the level of respect they need,” police said in a statement.

Earnest L. Veasey