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.”