Driver, motorcyclist killed in separate accidents

Published on September 8, 2009
Officers with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigate a fatal motorcycle accident on the Team Gushue Highway near Kenmount Road Monday afternoon. A 29-year-old man succumbed to serious injuries in hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle while travelling with three companions. The four were on the Kenmount Road interchange to the Team Gushue highway when the accident happened. Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Police and firefighters around the province had a busy Labour Day weekend.

Two men died in separate traffic accidents, a young man had to be rescued from a cliff on Signal Hill and police made numerous arrests in the St. John's area.

A 29-year-old St. John's man died in hospital Monday after a motorcycle accident on the ramp from Kenmount Road to the Team Gushue Highway.

Police and firefighters around the province had a busy Labour Day weekend.

Two men died in separate traffic accidents, a young man had to be rescued from a cliff on Signal Hill and police made numerous arrests in the St. John's area.

A 29-year-old St. John's man died in hospital Monday after a motorcycle accident on the ramp from Kenmount Road to the Team Gushue Highway.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the man was travelling with three other motorcyclists when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle. The accident was reported around 1:50 p.m. and is still under investigation.

A 34-year-old Mount Pearl man died Sunday from injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Conception Bay South.

According to the RNC, the vehicle he was driving went off the road in the east-bound lane of the Manuels Access Road, near the Fowler's Road overpass, shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Monday afternoon, two people were rushed to hospital in Springdale after a single-car accident around 2:30 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway, east of South Brook Junction.

Springdale RCMP said when officers arrived on the scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Volunteer firefighters from Springdale and South Brook extinguished the fire.

As a result of the collision, the two occupants sustained serious injuries and were listed in stable condition in hospital Monday night.

Saturday afternoon, a hiker became trapped on a ledge on Signal Hill for about three hours before being rescued by the St. John's Regional Fire Department's high angle rescue team.

The young man, who was lifted from the cliff around suppertime Sunday, apparently suffered no injuries and was able to walk on his own after being rescued.

In Spaniard's Bay, a 12-year-old boy is recovering after being struck by a pickup truck while bicycling Saturday afternoon. RCMP said the boy was crossing a road about 12 p.m. when he was struck by the vehicle.

He was taken to hospital with a broken leg and wrist, said Const. Chris Harris. However, he is expected to recover.

"He's in good spirits," Harris said Saturday. "I was talking to the nurse at the (Carbonear) hospital a few minutes ago and she said he was a trooper."

Harris said the 80-year-old driver of the truck was not injured, but was driven home as a safety precaution. The investigation is ongoing.

About 6 p.m. Sunday, Burin Peninsula RCMP began an investigation after sighting a speeding ATV on Harris Drive in Marystown. The RCMP said the operator fled from police, driving on several streets and passing by pedestrians in the area.

A 33-year-old suspect from Marystown was arrested after a foot patrol in the area. He was released to appear in Provincial Court in Grand Bank Dec. 2 on a charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The trike was seized and tickets were issued under both the Highway Traffic Act and All-Terrain Vehicle-Motorized Snowmobile Vehicle Act.

Between Friday night and Monday, the 911 communications centre at the St. John's Regional Fire Department handled more than 230 calls for service, including police, ambulance and medical calls, and calls about small fires.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary made numerous arrests for traffic violations, assaults, thefts and other offences.

Among them, a 23-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly stealing a car and fleeing from police.

Around 2:30 a.m., police officers said they started chasing a vehicle in the Goulds area of St. John's. The driver ended up on the Trans-Canada Highway after travelling west on Pitts Memorial Drive, where a spike belt was laid out near Ruth Avenue.

The man is being charged with theft of a vehicle, dangerous driving, fleeing from police, impaired driving and failing the breathalyzer. He was released and will appear in court at a later date.

Overnight Sunday, a 30-year-old male was charged with assault as a result of a domestic dispute. Overnight Saturday, the RNC arrested a 57-year-old man who was charged with assault and uttering threats in a domestic dispute in the central part of St. John's. The female victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old girl was also charged over the weekend with assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation following an incident in the west end of the city Friday, where a young girl was attacked by two other females. The second 16-year-old female was charged with assault causing bodily harm, breach of probation and breach of a recognizance. All three girls knew each other.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Springdale RCMP seized mature marijuana plants and related drug paraphernalia from a home in Silverdale after receiving a tip.

As a result of the seizure, one man has been charged with the production of marijuana and will appear in court Dec. 1.

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