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Motorcyclist involved in HWY 1 crash in medically-induced coma: sister

Last Updated Jul 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm PDT

The general area in Abbotsford where both accidents took place Friday, July 13. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Summary

A father-of-three has been put into a medically induced coma after being involved in a crash on HWY 1 Friday: sister

It's unclear what caused a pair of crashes along Highway 1 in Abbotsford on Friday, which happened near each other

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – We’re learning more about one of the drivers involved in a pair of motorcycle-involved crashes along Highway 1 on Friday.

Just after 7:00 p.m. a motorcyclist crashed on the highway in the Abbotsford-area as he was traveling east.

“We still don’t know what caused the accident, but he was thrown from his bike and that’s really all I know about the accident,” explains Devyn Banks, who has identified the man involved as her brother.

“When my sister-in-law was informed of it, when they went to her house to tell her, obviously that’s quite the shock to get. And she can’t quite recall what they said, other than he was in an accident and at the hospital. With everybody I’ve spoken to [on Saturday] I have not been told what happened either.”

She says her brother is now in a medically-induced coma, hooked up to machines that are helping him breathe. “He has not regained consciousness yet,” she adds.

“They’re still waiting to do some tests to find out just how serious his injuries are, but due to him not being responsive we’re kind of just waiting right now.”

Devyn says the family has been having trouble getting more details about what may have happened, and adds they’ve also been having issues finding out where all of her brother’s  belongings have gone.

At this point, it’s about playing the waiting game; waiting for an update on his condition, as well as finding out what happened.

She describes her brother — a father of three — as a strong man. “He’s, you know, he’s my big brother.”

A second crash on Friday evening — just moments after the first motorcycle crash — left one person dead along the South Parallel Road.

“It looks like an SUV was slowing down to look at the [first] crash, and another motorcycle crashed into the back end of that SUV,” Videographer Kevin Macdonald told NEWS 1130 on Friday.

The driver and a female passenger were thrown from the motorcycle, he said. The passenger was found deceased at the scene, while the driver was taken to hospital with significant injuries.

We have calls out to the RCMP, and will provide more details as soon as they are made available.