Clinton Bradley Albert Schoening, 34, of West Kelowna has been identified as the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident on Eastside Road Saturday night.
According to the BC Coroners Service, Schoening was operating a Harley Davidson at the time of the incident, left the paved surface, striking a road sign. He died at the scene.
An unidentified female passenger on the motorcycle was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital and at last report was in critical but stable condition.
RCMP initially said an officer on patrol just after 9 p.m. that night was travelling south on Eastside Road when he was passed by a northbound motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed in the 60-kilometre-an-hour zone.
The officer activated his overhead emergency lights and turned around, losing sight of the bike, however came upon the crash scene about a kilometre away.
Because of the involvement of police in the incident the matter was been turned over to the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO).
Under the terms of a 2012 memorandum signed by the provincial Chief Civilian Director and BC’s police services IIO investigates incidents where there are fatal and/or serious injuries involving the police.
IIO Spokesman Owen Court said Monday, the preliminary investigation will focus on the officer’s role in the matter which will determine the further involvement of the provincial body.
Analysts were deployed to the accident accident scene near Smythe Drive, just north of where the road changes from Lakeside to Eastside. It was closed to through traffic until late Sunday morning at which time the motorcycle was also removed by tow truck.
Court said the role of the IIO is to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and ensure transparency through public reporting.
At this time, the Coroners Service and the IIO are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this death.