Filipino DJ in Vancouver Island, BC dies in motorcycle crash
VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. – Family and friends are mourning the death of a Filipino motorcyclist whose vehicle crashed near Port Renfrew on Sunday night, October 6.
Fred “Freddy” Fernando, 58, a local DJ who is well known in the Vancouver Island music and Filipino communities, was riding his motorcycle with friends when he lost control of his bike and rolled over an embankment.
According to local Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the crash occurred sometime between 5:30 and 9 p.m. on West Coast Road near the Parkinson Creek trailhead.
Police are unsure of the exact cause of the crash, but believe that Fernando was traveling eastbound on West Coast Road when he lost control and went over the embankment, according to a CTV News report.
Friends and family set up a memorial for Fernando near crash site. Patriarchs Motorcycles, a Victoria motorcycle club of which Fernando was a part, in a Facebook post on Tuesday: “Our thoughts and spirits are with you and your family. We shall ride again together, one day. Freddy, you were an individual like none other and you will never be forgotten. Much love buddy, much love.”
Sooke RCMP say that the investigation is still in its early stages and that the department is working with the Island District Traffic Analyst team.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.