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Canadian man dies in motorcycle accident

Feather Publishing
7/9/2014


A 62-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday, July 8, near Bucks Lake.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Blair David Imrie, of Goldstream, British Columbia, was killed after he crashed his bike on a curve.



The accident took place just after noon on the Oro Quincy Highway, west of Bucklin Road.

Imrie was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound and was attempting to negotiate a right-to-left curve. According to the CHP report, he was traveling too fast for the road conditions and drove into a ditch.

Imrie was unable to regain control before driving into a culvert drainage and hitting a rock embankment.

Imrie was ejected and the motorcycle came to rest on top of him.

Passing motorists and friends Imrie was riding with performed CPR. Shortly afterward, a Forest Service fire truck with firefighters stopped and assisted with CPR.

Attempts to revive Imrie were unsuccessful.







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My heart is heavy in hearing of the passing of Blair. I have known Blair for over 33 years. He was an AMAZING husband to his wife, Jackie and his two girls, Jill & Laura. Blair was an excelllent Police Officer and executed his duties in the most professional of fashion. His warm demeanor and charismatic personality were that of 'gold'. May your eternal life be as rich as your life was here on earth...you will be truly missed by those whose lives were touched by your mortal soul. Insp. Blair Imrie, Reg#33947 is now 10-7 in heaven. May you Rest In Peace...until we meet again. <3
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I drive the canyon, Bucks Lake Road, off road, any roads in the Sierras like an old lady. The beauty of this place gives me a false sense of security at times, and I have to remind myself that this is dangerous <br />territory. Whatever the PCF -- you have to be extra careful in the Sierras. <br /><br />Ret LE
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Absent evidence of a sudden deer or falling rock, it is hard to justify coding "other than driver" in a solo crash. Some traffic offense has to go in the box. For that instant in time, according to the CHP report, speed was too high to stay on the roadway. It is hard to criticize a driver, specially another (retired) officer, who is momentarily surprised by a tricky curve, but these days it has to be done. I've been on both sides of this, but, by the grace of God, survived.
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Concerned Motorist Sunday, 13 July 2014
We were the first people on the scene with Blair and his friend. This was very sad and our thoughts immediately went out to his family and friends. Regardless of the details of what happened, this was an unfortunate accident during what seemed like a great motor cycle trip for the group. Blair's friends at the scene were incredible and did all that they could during unbelievable circumstances. Hope there is some comfort in knowing he was surrounded by great friends when we passed.
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I too, had the pleasure of working and knowing Blair personally. I would agree that he is one of the most responsible people I know and would never willingly put himself or anyone else into harms way. He was taken too early in life and just when he was enjoying retirement and spending time with his family. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and daughters. He will be missed very much.
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I'm in shock!!! A friend of mine in BC notified me of this sad news today. I grew up with Blair and brother Bruce, and also had the honor to serve with him in our early service in Clearwater BC. Had the fortunes of many fond memories through our times together. RIP my dear friend, you will be missed!
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Concerned Citizen: CHP drives up Bucks Lake Road all the time, I live out here too.
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RIP dear stranger- my deepest sympathy to your family, friends and the rescue personnel that tried valiantly to save you-
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I had the pleasure of working with and knowing Blair personally. I, as well, can say that he is one of the most repsonsible, competent persons I have ever met. A big hug and thank you to the motorists who stopped to assist Blair and his friends and who tried to do everything to save his life. You are absolutely correct in saying he is a good man -- Blair is an absolute gem and a one of a kind man who will be greatly missed by many, many people. To all his girls, I am thinking of you and sending you love and prayers.
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concerned citizen Thursday, 10 July 2014
Yes. I am the concerned citizen who thought Chp was working main street profiling feasties and not patrolling the highways. Live on bucks lake road and u will see there is an abundance of roads that need more attention then main street and Lawrence st. When it comes to speeding. Thanks Bella.
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We were one of the motorists who stopped to assist Blair and his friends. We and the other motorists wanted so badly to be able to help revive him but his internal injuries seemed very severe and he was without any signs of life. His friends made every effort to help him. Blair and his friends and family have been in our thoughts and prayers continuously. He seemed like a good man and we did not want it to end this way for him. For what it's worth he appeared to have died suddenly and probably without much suffering if any. We are so sorry for your loss and pain. There was an element of peacefulness about him and we hope his loved ones can feel that too.
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Concerned citizen... Hmmm? You are the same person who posted a negative comment about the CHP being too active in last weeks story. Now they aren't doing enough?
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HI<br />I am Blairs neighbour and am so sad to hear of Blairs passing<br />Blair was a member of the RCMP and was one of the most responsible people I have ever met.<br />For Blair to die this way is unbelievable<br />He retired last year and was look forward to his retirement <br />You leave a big hole in a lot of peoples live<br />Rest in peace Blair
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concerned citizen Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Sorry someone died but very few respect speed limits on any part of bucks lake road. This accident won't teach anyone to slow down and not drive so fast. Chp needs to patrol more than main street and 70 to graeagle.
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My heart is heavy in hearing of the passing of Blair. I have known Blair for over 33 years. He was an AMAZING husband to his wife, Jackie and his two girls, Jill & Laura. Blair was an excelllent Police Officer and executed his duties in the most professional of fashion. His warm demeanor and charismatic personality were that of 'gold'. May your eternal life be as rich as your life was here on earth...you will be truly missed by those whose lives were touched by your mortal soul. Insp. Blair Imrie, Reg#33947 is now 10-7 in heaven. May you Rest In Peace...until we meet again. <3
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I drive the canyon, Bucks Lake Road, off road, any roads in the Sierras like an old lady. The beauty of this place gives me a false sense of security at times, and I have to remind myself that this is dangerous
territory. Whatever the PCF -- you have to be extra careful in the Sierras.

Ret LE
VOTES:0
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Absent evidence of a sudden deer or falling rock, it is hard to justify coding "other than driver" in a solo crash. Some traffic offense has to go in the box. For that instant in time, according to the CHP report, speed was too high to stay on the roadway. It is hard to criticize a driver, specially another (retired) officer, who is momentarily surprised by a tricky curve, but these days it has to be done. I've been on both sides of this, but, by the grace of God, survived.
VOTES:0
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Concerned Motorist Sunday, 13 July 2014
We were the first people on the scene with Blair and his friend. This was very sad and our thoughts immediately went out to his family and friends. Regardless of the details of what happened, this was an unfortunate accident during what seemed like a great motor cycle trip for the group. Blair's friends at the scene were incredible and did all that they could during unbelievable circumstances. Hope there is some comfort in knowing he was surrounded by great friends when we passed.
VOTES:3
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I too, had the pleasure of working and knowing Blair personally. I would agree that he is one of the most responsible people I know and would never willingly put himself or anyone else into harms way. He was taken too early in life and just when he was enjoying retirement and spending time with his family. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and daughters. He will be missed very much.
VOTES:1
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I'm in shock!!! A friend of mine in BC notified me of this sad news today. I grew up with Blair and brother Bruce, and also had the honor to serve with him in our early service in Clearwater BC. Had the fortunes of many fond memories through our times together. RIP my dear friend, you will be missed!
VOTES:1

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