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Dirt biker seriously hurt after colliding with off-duty Niagara police officer’s SUV in St. Davids
An off-duty Niagara Regional Police officer, right, was driving this white SUV when a dirt bike collided with it in St. Davids on Sunday. The 46-year-old rider was taken to hospital with serious injuries. JULIA SACCO

A 46-year-old man riding a dirt bike suffered serious injuries after colliding with an SUV driven by an off-duty Niagara police officer in St. Davids on Sunday evening.

The unidentified driver of the green Kawasaki motorcycle was “treated at the scene by Niagara EMS paramedics and transported to an out-of-region hospital,” Niagara Regional Police spokesperson Const. Phil Gavin said.

Investigators said the driver of the dirt bike broadsided a white Ford Explorer driven by the off-duty officer. The motorcycle struck the SUV on the driver’s side, police said.

The officer, 46, was not injured. He was turning left from Four Mile Creek Road onto Creekside Drive when the crash occurred, police said.

It is not known exactly where the motorcycle was travelling. After the crash, the dirt bike ended up on the pavement partially in the crosswalk on Creekside Drive.

There is a sidewalk and an unpaved road shoulder nearby.

The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. and when The Lake Report arrived about 45 minutes later, three paramedic vehicles and four police cruisers were at the scene.

A neighbour who came outside to help after hearing the crash said the off-duty officer called 911 himself.

“He’s an officer, so he knew how to get everybody here quickly. And they were here fast,” he told The Lake Report.

The unnamed officer, who was at the scene removing belongings from his car, declined to comment.

Police estimated damage to the officer’s SUV at $8,000.

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