Charges laid in fatal long weekend motorcycle crash on Highway 22

STARS air ambulance
STARS air ambulance. File / Global News

Charges have been laid in a fatal crash between a motorcycle and an SUV south of Calgary on Sunday.

It happened on Highway 22 near the intersection with Highway 540, near Longview Atla., at around 5 p.m.

According to RCMP, the motorcycle was travelling northbound when it struck the side of an SUV that was performing a u-turn across the highway.

The 45-year-old motorcycle driver was rushed to hospital in Black Diamond where he later died. A 12-year-old passenger on the motorcycle was flown to the Alberta Children’s Hospital by STARS Air Ambulance.

All four occupants in the SUV, two adults and two children, were transported to hospital with minor injuries

“Although the investigation is ongoing, speed and driver error are believed to be factors,” Turner Valley RCMP said in a Monday news release.

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RCMP have charged the driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old man from Washington State, with performing an unsafe u-turn.

Turner Valley is located about 75 kilometres south of Calgary.