Illinois Motorcyclist Dead After Falling Two Stories Off Indiana Interstate

Early Friday morning, at approximately 2:00 a.m., an Illinois motorcyclist was killed after the motorcycle he was riding fell two stories off an interstate bridge and crashed onto the road below.   The incident happened in Indiana, on Interstate 465.  Witnesses reported the motorcycle going the wrong way – it was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes –  according to police.

Somehow the man lost control of the motorcycle, and the motorcycle left the roadway and flew over the bridge deck’s concrete median, landing on the road below.

Police were called to the 9300 block of Michigan Road, where they found a Harley lying in the southbound lanes.  The rider, Michael J. Seibert of Neoga, Illinois, had been thrown onto the road nearby.  He was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead shortly thereafter, at about 2:30 a.m.  Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The accident is still being investigated.

Additional details can be seen in the July 29 WISHTV.com story titled “Man killed after fall from I-465 bridge.”

Fatal High-Speed Motorcycle Crash After Police Pursuit In Utah

A high-speed motorcycle accident has resulted in the deaths of a man and woman early morning today (July 29) in Utah.

The accident occurred on Highway 6 entering Wellington.

Excerpts from the July 29 article in the ETV10News.com titled “High Speeds and Sharp Turn Result in Motorcycle Death For Local Man and Woman” :

The two had been involved in a high-speed pursuit with Price City Police Officers and Carbon County Sheriff’s Deputies, but the pursuit had been terminated by law enforcement because of concerns for safety when speeds exceeded 134 mph.

County Sheriff’s Captain Guy Adams said the bodies of the two were found at approximately 3:20 a.m. after Union Pacific notified dispatch that they had discovered a body near the railroad tracks on the west side of Wellington. “Initial investigations revealed the driver of the motorcycle failed to negotiate the turn leading into Wellington,” Adams reported.

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Adams said the tragic events began when the Price City Police reported a bullet bike traveling at a high rate of speed on Main Street in Price. At approximately 2 a.m., officers located the motorcycle and attempted a stop on 100 North.  When the driver did not yield, a pursuit began.

Carbon County deputies responded to assist the pursuit that continued through North Price with speeds exceeding 95 mph. Officers lost sight of the motorcycle at 800 North. Deputies then spotted the bike traveling southbound on Cedar Hills Drive. They pursued the motorcycle through Smith’s parking lot.

The pursuit continued onto Highway 55, then onto Highway 6 with speeds in excess of 100 mph. The motorcycle continued to accelerate, with speeds measured at 134 mph, before the chase was terminated because of concerns for safety.

Deputies turned off lights and sirens and continued in the direction of travel as the vehicle sped away eastbound on Highway 6. Law enforcement continued the search, but had no success. It was near that time that the call from Union Pacific was received.

The Utah Highway patrol was then notified, and they completed the traffic accident investigation.

The names of the man and woman who were killed have not been released as the Sheriff’s Office continues to notify family members. The bodies were taken to a local mortuary.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Darien Illinois

A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday in Darien, Illinois after colliding with an SUV.

Initial police reports released Tuesday indicate that William Pott, 51, of Woodridge, collided with an SUV around 4:30 p.m. at Plainfield and Lemont Roads, near a Speedway gas station.

Pott was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  He was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m., according to the DuPage County Coroner’s Office said.

The preliminary coroner’s report says that Pott died of multiple traumatic injuries to his head and chest.  Pott was said to be wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

According to Darien Deputy Police Chief John Cooper, determining the cause of the fatal motorcycle accident could take up to two weeks.  An accident reconstruction team is at work on the determination.

The driver of the SUV, also from Woodridge, was not injured in the crash.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no one had been cited in connection with the accident, police said.

More details can be found in the July 28 Darien Patch article titled “Investigation Continues into Tuesday’s Fatal Motorcycle Crash.”

Injured Motorcyclist Goes On Tour In Southern Illinois And Indiana

The Mt. Vernon Register-News had a July 26 article titled “Injured man protests for bikers.”  It details the effort of a motorcyclist, David D. Huffhire, 48, of Salem, who has been hit by teenage drivers three times, and now has embarked on a tour of Southern Illinois and Indiana to promote various changes in laws and education.

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Huffhire recently took his crumpled yellow motorcycle on a trailer around Southern Illinois and Indiana, imploring drivers to start looking for motorcyclists on the road.

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During his protest around Southern Illinois and Indiana, Huffhire is calling for harsher sentencing for motorists who strike bikers.

“I would like to see more severe punishment for the person at fault, with stiffer financial liabilities and the possibility of losing their license three to six months,” he said.

More can be seen in the July 26 Mt. Vernon Register-News article titled “Injured man protests for bikers.”

 

Motorcyclist Killed In Wauconda Illinois

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday night in Wauconda, Illinois after being struck by an automobile.

The accident occurred Sunday around 5:07 p.m.

The motorcyclist killed was Gregory Homola, 55, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  He was pronounced dead shortly after colliding with the side of a Ford Explorer which had pulled out of a parking lot on Route 176 just west of Anderson Road.

Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said Homola was not wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.  Homola was pronounced dead at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington Illinois at approximately 6 p.m. due to multiple injuries suffered in the crash.

Witnesses said the as-yet unidentified driver of the Ford Explorer pulled straight out of the lot without yielding to traffic. After being struck by the eastbound motorcycle, the SUV continued traveling and struck a Hyundai in the westbound lanes of Route 176.

The two people inside the Hyundai were also injured in the crash,  and were treated at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.  Their conditions were not unknown as of Monday.

The driver of the Ford Explorer is a man, 47, whose name is being withheld.  He will at minimum be charged with reckless homicide and most likely additional charges Tuesday morning, according to police.

Wauconda Detective Dustin Buffington said of the driver, “He was taken directly to the hospital where there was a blood draw.”

Buffington said the man’’s blood-alcohol level tested at 0.28, which is over three times the legal limit.

Additional details can be found in the July 25 Daily Herald story titled “Charges expected after fatal Wauconda crash.”