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South Surrey motorcyclist on life support

Family wants to fulfill organ-donation wishes
Surrey RCMP closed a portion of 16 Avenue Wednesday (July 5) evening while they investigated a motorcycle collision near the 148 Street intersection. (Curtis Kreklau photo)

A South Surrey man who is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash near the Surrey and White Rock border last week is not expected to survive his injuries.

A family member close to the 56-year-old man told Peace Arch News Tuesday that he received a brain injury and if he were to wake up, doctors said he would be in a vegetative state.

“He would not want that. I am finding it hard to let him go, but as he is an organ donor, he has to be taken off the ventilator or his body will eventually shut down and the organs no longer be viable,” the family member wrote to PAN.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said the man was travelling on 16 Avenue (North Bluff Road) when he rear-ended a vehicle near the 148 Street (Oxford Street) intersection just before 5 p.m. on July 5.

An air ambulance was called to the scene, the man was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital.

According to a witness, police, paramedics and firefighters found the motorcycle rider unconscious and unresponsive. A second vehicle was stopped at the scene but did not have visible damage.

Schumann said RCMP conducted an accident reconstruction of the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

The family member said they “feel there is more to this than what we have been told and the family needs closure.”

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