Braydan Tookey, of Victoria, was at the scene of last weeks fatal motorcycle accident, which took the life of Jim Carroll of Edmonton, Alberta. Tookey describes a chaotic scene as the accident unfolded the afternoon of July 12, thirty kilometers south of Valemount, BC.
Tookey had driven up to the construction zone and stopped for a flagger who was holding a stop sign, after waiting for 30 seconds or so he noticed a truck coming up fast in his rear view mirror and was not slowing down. “The flagger held his sign up high and started waving it around,” said Tookey, “then the truck began to swerve back and forth vigorously in attempts to stop in a panic.” Tookey had to pull his vehicle ahead, in order to avoid being struck by the older pickup truck.
When the truck finally stopped Tookey immediately observed three motorcycles behind “scrambling” to stop. “Two of the motorcycles managed to stop and in my passenger side mirror I saw the third flying through the air. The approximately 50 year old motorcyclist landed next to my car which was about 25 feet from where his bike landed,” Tookey said.
Tookey ran from his car and down into the ditch to aid the victim. He found the victim lying next to his helmet, and observed “blood rushing from his nose and then his mouth.” The construction personnel called emergency services, as there was no cellular reception. “The police showed up no sooner than 40 minutes after the rider landed in the ditch and the ambulance took at least 45 to 50 minutes to arrive,” Tookey stated. “It seems like it took forever.”
Tookey observed several witnesses performing CPR continuously on the victim for the entire hour. “A doctor from Washington was in the lineup of vehicles coming the other way, he arrived on the scene to assist after he heard there had been an accident, however, by this time it was far too late as he showed up 25 minutes after the incident. I strongly believe the doctor knew the patient was beyond hope at this time, as he kept quiet.” Tookey says he and others continued to assist after the ambulance had arrived and the paramedics began assessing the situation. “They asked myself and others to get supplies out of the ambulance,” Tookey said. Twenty minutes after attempting to revive the victim’s life, Tookey said he and others helped load the victim and equipment into the ambulance.
Tookey said that prior to coming upon the construction zone he did not feel the signs had been adequately placed. He believed that the initial four construction warning signs, which were closely spaced, were up to three kilometers back with no further warnings until he saw the flagger. “I slowly started increasing my speed because after two kilometers of a ‘construction zone’ and no construction happening, you begin to get frustrated. I then rounded a wide corner and a couple kilometers ahead I saw flagger standing in the middle of the road wearing yellow and orange holding his stop sign in clear view.” explained Tookey. “It really tics me off that the truck behind me had to perform a mad panic stop and as a result the motorcycles behind him had to do the same thing. If you can’t pay attention don’t drive.”
Braydan Tookey would like to extend his condolences to the family and friends of Jim Carroll.