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A 31-year-old male motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries after a single motor vehicle collision in Bowmanville this morning.

On Sunday, September 10, 2017 at approximately 12:07 a.m., officers from Central East Division were called to King Street East and Liberty Street South in Bowmanville for a report of a motorcycle striking a hydro pole.

A 31-year-old male from Toronto was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on King Street East, approaching Liberty Street South, when it failed to negotiate a bend in the road. The motorcycle left the roadway and collided with a hydro pole, throwing the driver off the motorcycle and breaking the pole. The motorcycle and the hydro pole caught fire as a result of the collision.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Lakeridge Health – Bowmanville before being airlifted to a Toronto area hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The circumstances leading up to the collision are still being investigated, but speed is believed to be a factor.

Members of the DRPS Traffic Services Branch, Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene to conduct an investigation. The road was closed for several hours while evidence was collected, and remains closed this morning as Hydro crews are on scene repairing the damage.

Any member of the public who may have witnessed this incident and has not already spoken to police is requested to contact D/Cst Tracy Gibbins of the Collision Investigation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext 5227.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.