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Motorcyclist dead after crash in Toronto’s west end, police say

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Toronto police say a 35-year-old motorcyclist has died after a crash in the city’s west end late Saturday.

A police spokesperson told Global News emergency crews were called to the corner of Forty Second Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West, a short distance away from the entrance of the Long Branch GO Station, at around 10:15 p.m.

In a statement released late Sunday, officers said the man riding the 2018 Kawasaki motorcycle was going east along Lane Shore Boulevard West “at a high rate of speed” when the motorcycle collided with a BMW turning west onto Lake Shore Boulevard West from the northbound lane of Forty Second Street.

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The force of the crash caused heavy front-end damage to the motorcycle and the motorcyclist died at the scene, marking the city’s sixth traffic-related fatality in 2021.

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Officers closed part of Lake Shore Boulevard West for nearly four hours while investigators gathered evidence.

Meanwhile, police appealed for anyone in the area with surveillance or dash-cam video to call the traffic services unit at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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