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UPDATE: Three killed, others hurt in GTA motorcycle crashes Saturday

Police asking riders to ease back into season

Three men are dead and two others are hurt after separate motorcycle crashes around the GTA on Saturday.

Two men died in Brampton when the bike they were riding on collided with a car near McLaughlin Rd and Sandalwood Pkwy around 2 am Saturday.  It isn't clear what caused that crash.

The victims have been identified as Damian Hanchard, 31, of Brampton, and Bevon Blair, 28, of Orangeville.

Then in Vaughan, a 31-year-old man crashed his motorcycle near Teston Rd and Hwy 400. He died later in hospital. 

Inspector Lou Malbeuf with York Regional Police says unlike with most motorcycle crashes, speed does not look to have been a factor.

"He was at a stop and then he went around the curb and kind of lost control and hit a tree," says Malbeuf.  According to witnesses, the rider did "nothing wrong".  He was able to get up after the crash and initially seemed OK, but died of internal injuries in hospital.

Malbeuf, a rider himself, says he knows motorcycle owners are excited to get back in the sunshine one the open road after the bitter winter.

But he says riders, especially inexperienced ones, can get rusty from months off the bike. Malbeuf suggest riders ease back into things.

"Let's not get on the highway right away and start driving 100, 120 kilometres an hour. Stay on the side roads, get used to the bike.  Make sure your bike is all maintained, your tires are inflated to where they're supposed to be. And just take your time."

Malbeuf says many new riders also make the mistake of getting bulky, heavy motorcycles which are harder to control.  He suggests newbies start out small and work up.

There were other accidents Saturday involving motorcycles. 

In the afternoon, a man in his 20s crashed into a ditch in Mulmur Township, north of Orangeville.

He was airlifted to hospital with injuries to his chest.

Saturday night, a 24-year-old man suffered serious injuries when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle near Danforth Rd and Mackinac Cres.

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