Monday, December 5, 2011

Canadian Tourist, 42, Killed on Motorcycle in Ecuadorian Andes

Canadian motorcycle tourist Andrew Owen Strocher, 42, died Friday (December 2) in a traffic accident when he was hit by a truck near the town of Latacunga, capital of Cotopaxi province, in the Ecuadorian Andes. Strocher lost control of his motorcycle as he attempted to maneuver around a curve, apparently due to wet road conditions. The Canadian Embassy in Quito is in the process of repatriating his remain to Canada.

COMMENT: Traffic accidents are the second leading cause of death in Ecuador, killing 5,150 so far this year -- twice the figure for 2010 -- according to the Inter-American Development Bank. Paraguay holds the position of having the largest number of traffic accidents per 100,000 population.

Although I'll be the first one to say that motorcyclists are among the safest drivers on the road, particularly in developed nations, poor road maintenance, deficient signage, scant international road signs and ineffective traffic enforcement, not to mention high altitude, are all reasons why motorcycle touring in mountaineous countries, particularly alone can be very risky.

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