The Regina Police Service, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner, is continuing its investigation into a recent, fatal motorcycle/vehicle collision. A 26 year-old male from Grenfell, Saskatchewan, was killed in this collision which occurred on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The Regina Police Service requested independent oversight of this investigation in light of the fact that the decedent was pursued by a police vehicle at some point prior to the collision.
The original news release, sent out immediately after the collision, indicated a male was deceased as the result of a collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle, but there were not many details available at that early stage. Further investigation into this collision has clarified more of the circumstances that led up to this fatal collision. This event began at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018. A Regina Police Service officer, travelling westbound on Victoria Avenue, noticed a male motorcycle operator, with passenger, on a motorcycle that was eastbound on Victoria. The male was not wearing a motorcycle helmet, which caused the officer to change direction and attempt to pull over the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist stopped very briefly as the passenger disembarked; then sped away, still without a helmet. The officer activated emergency lights and followed the motorcycle; police believe the driver was aware of efforts to stop him. This is considered a pursuit; therefore, the Regina Police Service has asked the Ministry of Justice to appoint an independent observer to its investigation.
The death investigation will continue, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner. The oversight and review will be provided by the appointee of the Ministry of Justice.