By Pioneer Staff

A Calgary resident died in a motorcycle crash in Kootenay National Park during the B.C. Day long weekend.

The 56-year-old motorcyclist, David Mackenzie van Millingen, was heading south on Highway 93 on a Kawasaki ZX 1000 about 12 kilometres north of Radium when he lost control of the motorcycle, going though a series of sharp curves down an eight per cent grade, at a few minutes past 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd. Mr. van Millingen was wearing a helmet and full leathers, but died from injuries sustained during the crash.

No other vehicles where involved in the crash and road conditions were dry and bare at the time of the incident.

The accident is being jointly investigated by the East Kootenay Traffic Services and the B.C. Coroners Service.

Although the East Kootenay Traffic Services could not talk more about the accident location, the description matches the segment of highway running downhill from the pass near Olive Lake (which is 13 kilometres from Radium Hot Springs). This is the same stretch of road that was the site of the fatal July 22nd, 2011 collision involving a semi and a Dodge campervan towing a Suzuki SUV, which killed a family of four.