Motorcycle Accident On Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway Leaves One Dead, One Seriously Injured

Last night (April 5) a motorcyclist died during an accident on Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway.

Details on the accident are somewhat limited at this time.

The motorcyclist,  Thomas Winkelman, 43, of Harwood Heights, apparently lost control of his motorcycle, a Harley, and fell to the ground at approximately 11:40 p.m. near Canfield Avenue.  Reports differ as to whether Winkelman may have been trying to avoid another vehicle, or he may have swerved to avoid an object on the roadway.

The motorcyclist was riding along with a friend, a 22-year-old male, who was riding a Honda motorcycle behind him.  Police say that this second rider may have hit Winkelman.

The second motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Lutheran General in serious condition.

According to police, neither motorcyclist was riding recklessly prior to the crash, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the April 6 Chicago Tribune article titled “1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Kennedy Expressway motorcycle crash”  as well as the April 6 CBS Chicago story titled “1 Killed, 1 Injured In Motorcycle Crash On Kennedy.”

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