Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Wheeling

Two people died in an early Sunday morning (July 17) motorcycle accident in Wheeling, Illinois.  The crash happened on Milwaukee Avenue.

Killed in the crash were Justine Randall of Deerfield, 23, and Michael Sean Meyer of Wheeling, 26.

According to news releases, Buffalo Grove Police attempted to pull over the motorcycle for speeding.  According to Buffalo Grove police, two officers observed the motorcycle exit the vicinity of the Speedway gas station on Milwaukee Avenue at a high rate of speed around 3 a.m. Sunday.

When officers attempted to pull over the motorcycle, the motorcycle accelerated south on Milwaukee Avenue, from the traffic light just north of Lake-Cook Road, and did not stop when police activated their emergency lights, according to a press release from the Buffalo Grove Police Department.

The officers stopped the chase near the intersection of Milwaukee and Lake-Cook.  Buffalo Grove Cmdr. Steve Husak said that while the village’s police officers are permitted to follow through with traffic stops that begin in Buffalo Grove and lead into Wheeling or unincorporated Lake County, it’s not uncommon for police not to pursue speeding motorcycles.

“Generally, we don’t pursue motorcycles that are going at a high rate of speed. We’re not going to catch them anyway,” he said.

Buffalo Grove officers continued driving southbound into Wheeling, where they discovered that the motorcycle had crashed south of Dundee Road.

Randall was dead on the scene; Meyer was pronounced dead at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview at 4 a.m.

More details can be found in the July 18 Highland Park Patch story titled “Police Tried to Pull Motorcycle Over Before Fatal Crash.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Glenview Illinois

A fatal motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a Glenview resident today.

Rodastin Kolev, 25, of Glenview was heading northbound on Magnolia Street on his motorcycle shortly after noon.  As he reached the intersection of Magnolia and West Lake Avenue, he failed to obey a stop sign, according to police.  He collided with a car, a 2001 Saturn traveling eastbound on West Lake Avenue.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Kolev was pronounced dead 30 minutes after being taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The driver of the Saturn was not injured in the crash.

The Glenview Police Department’s Traffic Unit and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force’s Major Crash Assistance Team continue to investigate the accident.

More details can be found in the WBBM story of July 16 titled “Man Dies In Glenview Motorcycle Accident.” 

Motorcyclist Killed In Schaumburg Illinois

On Tuesday afternoon, June 28, a motorcyclist collided with a semi truck in Schaumburg, Illinois.  The 29-year-old motorcyclist was killed, police said today.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the crash occurred at 4:21 p.m. at Irving Park Road and Mitchell Boulevard. The 18-wheeler was going east on Irving Park Road and began making a left turn onto northbound Mitchell Boulevard, according to preliminary information.  The motorcycle, traveling west on Irving Park, struck the semi in the intersection, police said.

The motorcyclist has been identified as Richard Mitchell, of Glen Ellyn.  He was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center (Elk Grove Village) where he later died, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

More on this story can be found in the June 29 Chicago Tribune article titled “Motorcyclists killed in crash with semi in Schaumburg”

Gurnee, Illinois Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A Sunday evening (June 19) motorcycle crash has killed a Gurnee citizen and Public Works employee, according to a TribLocal.com story.

Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick has said that Todd Jefson, 56, of Gurnee, died at the accident scene after his motorcycle apparently crossed the center line of Tri-State Parkway near Washington Street and struck a curb.

Officers found Jefson, the rider of the motorcycle, lying in the grass on the east side of Tri-State Parkway. There were no signs of life.

Patrick said Jefson had sustained what appeared to be a serious head injury.  Jefson was not wearing a helmet, according to officials.

More on this story can be found in the TribLocal.com story of June 20 titled “Gurnee employee killed in weekend motorcycle crash.”

Motorcyclist Dies After Waukegan Illinois Accident

Vincent Turner, 48, of Gurnee, died yesterday from injuries he sustained during a motorcycle accident in Waukegan, Illinois.

The accident happened Tuesday, October 12 2010 at approximately 5:40 p.m. as Turner was riding a Harley Davidson south on Green Bay Road near Grand Avenue.  A woman, Christine Otis, 34, of Waukegan, pulled in front of him as she was driving west on Duggald Avenue.  Turner swerved to avoid Otis’ Chevrolet Suburban, but he lost control and crashed.

According to Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller, Turner died at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville from a head injury he suffered during the fall.

Waukegan police Cmdr. Gabriel Guzman said Turner was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Otis, 34, was charged with reckless homicide after the Lake County state’s attorney’s office was notified of Turner’s death. Otis initially was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Otis was released after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond for the aggravated DUI charge. Guzman said even with the upgraded reckless homicide charge, Otis remained free Friday pending her next appearance in Lake County circuit court.

Additional details can be found in the Daily Herald article of October 15 2010 titled “Gurnee motorcyclist dies from crash injuries.”