The Ontario provincial coroner is investigating after a track day crash at Calabogie MotorSports Park left one rider dead, one rider seriously injured, and one with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash occurred Monday around 10 a.m.; details are sketchy as the investigation is ongoing, but an eyewitness report suggests that a faster rider may have made contact while passing a slower one, which resulted in the crash and involved several other riders.
The dead rider has been identified as 42-year-old Calvin Essex of London, Ont. The Ontario Provincial Police says charges are not expected.
The track day was run by Toronto’s Pro 6 Cycle — they hold an exclusive three-year contract with the park — and have a good reputation for safety and hosting well organized track days.
Since the Calabogie track opened in 2006, the track’s president and general manager says there hasn’t even been a serious injury before, never mind a death. If or how this tragic accident will effect the track’s willingness to host motorcycle events in the future remains to be seen.