Duncan man dies after motorcycle crash in Nanaimo

A 54-year-old Duncan man died Monday after his motorcycle collided with a car in Nanaimo.

A 54-year-old Duncan man died Monday after his motorcycle collided with a car in Nanaimo.

Andre Leon Blignaut was taken to Nanaimo General Hospital after the collision at 5:50 a.m., and then airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

“So far, we know that the motorcyclist was northbound and a black Honda was southbound,” Cpl. Phyllis Nielsen, of the Nanaimo RCMP, said early in the investigation. “The Honda made a left turn from Nicol onto Needham Street and the motorcyclist collided with the Honda. It looks like the motorcyclist put the bike down just prior to the collision and therefore the motorcycle slid a long distance.”

The driver of the Honda, a 23-year-old man from Nanaimo, was sent home by police. He was not injured.

“Right now there is no indication of any alcohol or drug involvement,” Nielsen said.

Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is providing support to all those involved as the investigation continues.

With a file from the Nanaimo News Bulletin