A firefighter with the St. Thomas Hearth Division has been recognized because the sufferer of a deadly motorbike crash simply outdoors the town Thursday night.
Nicholas Cheeseman, 34, of Port Stanley, Ont. was recognized on Friday by Elgin County OPP because the sufferer of the collision, which occurred round 8:30 p.m. on the intersection of Elm Avenue and Coulter Avenue in Central Elgin, simply east of the St. Thomas metropolis limits.
In accordance with investigators, Cheeseman had been travelling west on Elm when he collided with an SUV which was making a left flip onto Coulter.
Police say he was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
In a Fb publish Friday afternoon, officers with the Metropolis of St. Thomas, Ont. recognized Cheeseman as a member of the town’s fireplace division.
“The Metropolis of St. Thomas extends our ideas and prayers to the household and associates of 1st Class Hearth Fighter Nicholas Cheeseman, and to all members of our St. Thomas Hearth Division who’re impacted by his loss,” the publish learn.
Talking with International Information, Kim Detsun, chief fireplace prevention officer, stated the information got here as a shock to the close-knit division.
“It’s been actually sudden and stunning. It’s been devastating for us. We’re simply there to help the household in anyway we are able to,” she stated.
“We’re nonetheless sort of processing it. We received the information late final night time. We have now counselling in place if anyone wants it, however proper now we’re simply supporting one another and getting our approach by way of it.”
The collision which claimed Cheeseman’s life got here hours after West Area OPP held a information convention to name consideration to street security amid a bounce in deadly motorbike collisions this yr.
A minimum of 13 motorcyclists have now died in collisions in West Area up to now this yr, up from seven reported throughout the identical interval in 2021.
“Individuals should be taking note of what’s occurring round on the roads,” Const. Derek Rogers stated on Friday. “It’s vital that you simply keep that consciousness issue if you wish to get the place you’re going safely.”
Provincial police say the investigation into Thursday’s crash is ongoing.
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