Update (05/28): Police have charged the driver of the pickup truck – identified as 77-year-old Arnold Vanmoorsel of West Perth – with careless driving. He is scheduled to appear in the Stratford provincial offences court on July 14.
A 16-year-old student from Stratford Northwestern Secondary School has been identified as the victim of a fatal two-vehicle collision Wednesday morning just north of Stratford.
Perth County OPP, the Perth East Fire Department and Perth County EMS responded to the crash scene at the intersection of Line 40 and Road 110 shortly before 11 a.m. According to police, a 2014 Honda R5A motorcycle was traveling east on Line 40 at the same time a 2011 GMC Sierra pickup truck was heading south on Road 110. Line 40 is a through highway while traffic on Road 110 is controlled by stop signs. The cause of this crash remains under investigation.
The motorcyclist, Jeremy Wickenheiser of Perth East, was pronounced dead at the scene. Northwestern principal, Martin Ritsma, described him as "an energetic young man" and "a goer."
"He had a lot of good friends; he was well liked by his peers," adds Ritsma. "Student and staff are going to be hurt by this tragedy, for sure."
Students had not been officially notified of the accident by end of day Wednesday. Ritsma says a meeting will be held Thursday morning for staff in regards to available grief counseling services, with an announcement to follow.
Condolences had already begun appearing on Wickenheiser Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon.
The driver of the pickup truck was transported to a local hospital with undetermined injuries.
Anyone having information regarding this collision should immediately contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 519-393-6123.