Female motorcyclist injured in Sunday's crash near Shawnigan

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
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A 63-year-old female motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after Sunday's late-morning crash on South Shawnigan Lake Road, Malahat's fire chief says.

"A single motorcycle went into the ditch, but we don't know how," Rob Patterson told the News Leader Pictorial of the wreck still under RCMP investigation.

The woman's identity was unknown to Patterson.

She woman suffered "at least one broken wrist, maybe two" when the westbound, gold Triumph and its rider hit the ditch in the rural road's 600 block.

"She was conscious and moving around when we got there," Patterson said of his crew's fast response.

The biker was taken to Victoria hospital, he believed.

"It didn't look like too much of a high-speed crash."

There were no witnesses to the sunny-weather mishap that damaged the "lovingly restored" Triumph he thought may be a 500 cc.

"It's salvageable."

The rider was saved from more serious injuries, Patterson explained, thanks to her leather jacket, sturdy helmet, perhaps chaps, and other biking clothing.

"She looked suitably protected," the chief said. "She had everything on that she should have."

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