Highway 97A was closed south of Sicamous Thursday night after a 52-year-old Malakwa man riding a motorcycle collided with a rock face. The man died at the scene.

Highway 97A was closed south of Sicamous Thursday night after a 52-year-old Malakwa man riding a motorcycle collided with a rock face. The man died at the scene.

Man dead following motorcycle collision near Sicamous, second motorcyclist leaves scene

Malakwa man killed after bike hits rock face on 97A; second rider returns to scene, stays briefly and then leaves.

A 52-year-old Malakwa man died while on route to Sicamous Thursday night after his motorcycle left Highway 97A and collided with a rock face.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim, who died at the scene of the incident which occurred one kilometre south of Sicamous on April 23.  RCMP members with the Trans Canada East Traffic Services and the Sicamous detachment responded at 7:12 p.m.

A report released Monday morning by Cpl. Mike Wasylenki with Traffic Services states the two motorcycles were travelling north on the highway when one of the motorcyclists, riding a 2006 Harley Davidson, went off the road to the right, striking a rock face and coming to a rest in the southbound lane. A motorist who came upon the scene stopped to assist, calling 911 and helping to direct traffic.

The second motorcyclist returned to the scene, and was there briefly, says Wasylenki, before departing in a distraught emotional state.

“The cause of the collision and circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation,” says Wasylenki.