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The Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit and Detective Division have made advancements in their investigation involving a serious collision involving a motorcyclist and pickup truck on September 30, 2019, in the 4000 Block of Prospect Lake Rd. Tragically, the male driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.
From our investigation to date it would appear that the manner in which the motorcycle was being driven and the mechanical condition of that motorcycle are the principle contributing factors in the crash. It is unfortunate that another driver was involved. The actions of that driver do not factor into the cause and we thank that driver for their cooperation and assistance.
While our investigation continues, the focus is not criminal and charges are not being considered. Road conditions are not being considered as factors in this specific crash.
"Our condolences are extended to the family, friends and all those involved," stated D/Sgt. Kowalewich.
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
The Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit and Detective Division are investigating a serious collision between a pickup truck and motorcycle that happened at approximately 1700 hours on September 30, 2019, in the 4000 Block of Prospect Lake Rd. Tragically, the male driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.
Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash and our TSU Collision Analysts and Forensic Identification officers attended to collect evidence. The driver of the truck was uninjured and Police have been in contact with him.
The BC Coroners Service were also notified and are conducting their own concurrent and independent investigation to determine how the male involved in the crash came to this death. The family of the deceased has been notified and Victim Services have been brought in to provide support for all those impacted.
“This is a terrible crash that has taken a life. Our sincerest condolences are extended to the family and all those involved,” said D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich, Saanich Police.
D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
 

***UPDATE -  On September 19th, Jenessa was located and is safely back home.  Thanks to everyone who helped find her.***

Saanich Police are looking for your help in locating 12 year old Jenessa Shacter. Jenessa was dropped off at the bus stop at 50 Burnside Road West at about 8am on September 16, 2019. She was supposed to be on her way to school but she didn’t make it there and has not been seen since. It is possible Jenessa could be in the company of an unknown adult man and her family, friends and police are concerned about her well-being.

Jenessa is described as:

Caucasian, 5'2", medium length hair dyed orange and blonde, last seen wearing black Adidas hoodie with white logo on the front, ripped blue jeans, and white runners.  

If you see Jenessa or know where she is, please call police immediately.

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Jenessa Shacter

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Saanich Police are investigating a serious collision between a car and motorcycle that happened at around noon today, September 16, 2019, at the intersection of Cumberland Road and Union Road. Tragically, the driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash and our Collision Analysts and Forensic Identification officers are on scene collecting evidence. This is a time consuming process and traffic in this residential area will be impacted throughout the afternoon.

The BC Coroners Service have been contacted and efforts are underway to notify the family of the deceased driver. Victim Services has also been brought in to provide support for all those impacted.

“This is a terrible crash that has taken away a man from his family. Our sincerest condolences are extended to them all” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Saanich Police.

The driver of the car was uninjured and is being investigated for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

Anyone who witnessed this crash or who has information about events that happened prior to it, are asked to contact us at 250-475-4321.

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