Canadian man dies in motorcycle accident
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.
I have asked several newspapers which have published the quote "too fast for conditions" without really understanding the nature of this phrase. My formal comments follow:
As reported, my twin brother, Blair Imrie, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, July 8, near Quincy, California. All the newspaper articles that I have read, including the one in The Plumas News, included a comment about "driving too fast for conditions".
As a retired police officer, I am aware that on occasion, where other contributing factors are not known, a factor of "too fast for conditions" is commonly noted on police reports. It's adequately vague to be easily defended; but unfortunately leads others to thoughts of excessive speed, which may not be justified in this case.
Wes MacPherson, another retired RCMP officer who was riding with my brother, says there was no indication of excessive speed. He says he followed Blair for about 40 miles prior to the accident and both were driving responsibly, within the speed limit. He says he saw Blair “braking in the turn, possibly for deer as fresh tracks were noted going up the bank.” He further notes that there were no warning signs before the curve and the corner was not banked properly.
All of these comments suggest that my brother may have been unfairly cast as the author of his own misfortune, rather than a victim of circumstances.
I am sending this note to you to ask if you might forward it to someone at The Plumas News, perhaps "Letters to the editor"; as a comment which I believe to be fair and possibly helpful to friends and family who are struggling to come to terms with this devastating accident.
Your assistance and the consideration of the Vancouver Sun to publish these comments would be greatly appreciated.
Bruce Imrie, Inspector (Rtd);
10331 Hollymount Drive,
I am Blairs neighbour and am so sad to hear of Blairs passing
Blair was a member of the RCMP and was one of the most responsible people I have ever met.
For Blair to die this way is unbelievable
He retired last year and was look forward to his retirement
You leave a big hole in a lot of peoples live
Rest in peace Blair