Sherwood Park man faces impaired charge after two motorcyclists killed


“They teach how to handle tractor-trailers (big tractor-trailers) because they have to take wide turns…they should be teaching motorcycles as well as sharing the road with us”

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Two Edmonton seniors have died and a Sherwood Park man has been charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death in connection with a fatal collision on Sunday.

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Deputies say they believe a vehicle collided head-on with a motorcycle along Highway 628 south of Sherwood Park, killing both the driver and passenger of the motorcycle.

The 68-year-old man and 63-year-old woman, both of Edmonton, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Burnt motorcycle parts and a discarded helmet visor were still visible at the crash site on Monday afternoon.

Taylor Yaremchuk, 29, of Sherwood Park, is charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death, as well as one count each of impaired driving and possession of an illegal substance.

He is due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Drunk drivers killed 368 people over a five-year period from 2012 to 2016, according to the most recent data from the Alberta government.

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The Alberta Motorcycle Safety Society (AMSS) says 14 people have died on motorcycles in the province this year, one more than at this point in 2021.

AMSS president Liane Langlois said all but two of those deaths occurred on roads outside major cities, highlighting the challenges of driving on a highway.

“Whether you’re in a vehicle or on a motorcycle, you drive at higher speeds on the highway. So where you think you might have the distance, you have to be really sure before you pull out and pass,” she said.

Because motorcyclists are so vulnerable on the road, Langlois wants motorcycle awareness to be emphasized more in riding lessons.

“They teach how to handle tractor-trailers (big tractor-trailers) because they have to take wide turns…they should be teaching motorcycles as well as sharing the road with us.”

She says safety remains the responsibility of every road user, regardless of vehicle.

“You can’t control what someone else is doing, but you can step aside or put yourself in a safer space.”


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