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One dead after motorcycle collision

A roadside memorial for a man who was killed Sunday just before 4:30 p.m. includes a glass butterfly jar with a personal inscription on the lid. - Jessica Peters/ Observer
A roadside memorial for a man who was killed Sunday just before 4:30 p.m. includes a glass butterfly jar with a personal inscription on the lid.
— image credit: Jessica Peters/ Observer

A roadside memorial has already been erected for the victim of a fatal crash Sunday afternoon in Harrison Hot Springs.

A white painted cross, a bucket holding flowers and an angel, and even a glass jar with a live butterfly inside it, all sat vigil this afternoon, just outside the Springs RV Park on Hot Springs Road.

The jar with the butterfly held a special message for the 71-year-old Agassiz man, whose name has not be released by RCMP.

"May you rest in peace. Enjoy your new beginnings," it reads in black pen.

A witness to the crash stopped by the memorial Monday afternoon. She said the man who was driving the car that hit the motorcyclist, was leaving Harrison Hot Springs and was driving erratically.

"The woman who was behind me had stopped to pull over, to let him go by," Stephanie Higdon told The Observer. "He was driving all over the place.

"Then you have this guy who's just out for a nice ride..."

The large sign at the entrance to campground was disturbed out of its place, with hazard markers around it. On Monday, blood still stained the road.

Higdon said it took her about 15 minutes to detour around the crash site. It was then she started seeing first responders arriving from the direction of Agassiz.

"It took a long time for paramedics to get there, from what I saw," she said.

RCMP have now confirmed that drunk driving charges will be laid against the driver, a Hope man who blew twice over the legal limit at the scene.

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