A three vehicle collision claimed the life of a motorcycle rider on King Street West in Hagersville, Friday evening. The 23-year-old male rider of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Alexander DALTON of Hagersville
The motorcyclist was travelling westbound on King West near Sarah Street when it was struck from behind by a westbound 2001 blue Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The motorcyclist was ejected and then struck by an eastbound pickup truck. The SUV fled the scene.
A witness described the fleeing blue Chevrolet Tahoe as having a black hood and that it continued westbound on King Street West and then northbound onto Ojibway Road where it drove into a ditch. Two occupants fled the SUV on foot into the bush area.
OPP have recovered the vehicle and members of the Forensic Identification Services unit will conduct an analysis of it.
Members of the OPP Canine Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS – drone), and the OPP helicopter conducted a search of the area. OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) are assisting with the investigation.
King Street West was closed between Concession 13 Walpole and John Street for approximately six hours while emergency crews and investigators were on scene.
OPP is asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision, have any video surveillance of the area, or who may have any information to assist with the investigation to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.