Me­mo­rial planned for man killed in mo­tor­cy­cle col­li­sion

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - JONNY WAKE­FIELD jwake­field@postmedia.com

A man killed in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent Sun­day night is be­ing mourned by friends and mem­bers of Edmonton’s mo­tor­cy­cle com­mu­nity.

Zi­ade Had­dad, 29, died around 11 p.m., Sept. 10, on Par­sons Road af­ter a col­li­sion with an­other ve­hi­cle south of An­thony Hen­day Drive, said his friend, Sam Cruz.

“To lose him in this man­ner was ac­tu­ally re­ally shock­ing not only for me but his fam­ily and other friends as well,” Cruz said. “There’s no words to de­scribe how floored I was by this.”

Po­lice found the vic­tim dead on the road. The car in­volved in the crash was in a ditch on the east side of the road. A group of friends spent Mon­day morn­ing comb­ing through the wreck­age in an at­tempt to iden­tify the mo­tor­cy­cle.

Cruz re­mem­bered his friend as en­er­getic and out­go­ing and “a great con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist.”

He didn’t ride with Had­dad, but was tak­ing mo­tor­cy­cle lessons — some­thing he’s now re­con­sid­er­ing.

A ser­vice for Had­dad is set for Satur­day at 11 a.m. at the St. Michael Parish in Le­duc, Cruz said.

Po­lice said Mon­day no charges had been laid in the col­li­sion and have not pro­vided an up­date.

A few hours ear­lier that same night, a 23-year-old fe­male mo­tor­cy­cle pas­sen­ger was killed in a mishap on the op­po­site side of the city.

Har­ley Dakota, the mother of a young child, was iden­ti­fied on a crowd­fund­ing page as the vic­tim in a crash at about 9 p.m., Sept. 10, near the bot­tom of the Vic­to­ria Park Road hill. She was rid­ing on a west­bound bike when it struck a car headed in the same di­rec­tion, po­lice said. The 30-year-old man rid­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle was in se­ri­ous con­di­tion at last re­port.

Al­berta Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Liane Lan­glois said the crashes highlight the need for all mo­torists to share the road.

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