Sentence Handed Down For 2008 DUI Accident In Chicago That Killed A Motorcyclist

In 2008, a drunk driver hit and killed Navy veteran Jeff Bondy while he was on his motorcycle in Chicago.

Today Drew Forquer, 51, was sentenced for that 2008 drunk driving accident on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Forquer, who had a history of drunken-driving convictions, was sentenced to 8 years in prison today for driving his car into an opposing lane of traffic and killing a motorcyclist in 2008 on Chicago’s Northwest Side. He faces a minimum of six years in prison.

Drew Forquer was convicted of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving last month following a bench trial in front of Judge Clayton Crane. The judge ruled it was clear from the results of field-sobriety tests, eyewitness testimony and video of Forquer’s wide turn that he was impaired, even though a Breathalyzer four hours after the crash showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.045 percent, below the .08 percent that serves as the legal limit.

Bondy was on his way to his job as an airfield supervisor at O’Hare International Airport when the fatal accident happened at Belmont and Opal avenues.

According to his wife, he had just finished celebrating his twin children’s 10th birthdays.

More details on this story can be seen at the July 25 Chicago Tribune story titled “8 years for convicted drunk driver who killed motorcyclist.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On I-71 In Ashland, Ohio

According to WOIO of Ashland, Ohio, in a July 24 story titled “Fatal motorcycle accident on I-71” there was a fatal motorcycle accident on Sunday, July 24 in Ashland.  It happened just after five a.m. Sunday on I-71 at US 250 in Montgomery Township.

Details of the accident appear brief, at least at this point.  According to the story:

The operator of a 2008 Honda Silver Wing motorcycle was traveling southbound, when he lost control. The motorcycle and driver slid off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.

The 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, his name is not yet being released.

Troopers say the victim was not wearing a helmet.

According to the 2010 Operational Report of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (pdf), as seen on page 9:

In 2010, there were 172 motorcycle‐involved fatal traffic crashes that killed 178 people in Ohio. This includes 109 rural (63%) and 63 urban (37%) fatal crashes.

A map on page 9 shows the distribution of motorcycle fatalities by county.

Illinois Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) “2009 Illinois Crash Facts & Statistics” (pdf) in 2009 (the latest year available) there were 3846 motorcycle accidents and 124 fatal motorcycle accidents.

As stated on page 21:

Motorcycle crashes account for 1.3 percent of all crashes in the year 2009.  The number of motorcyclists killed decreased by 3.7 percent, from 135 in 2008 to 130 in 2009.  These motorcycle fatalities account for 14.3 percent of all fatalities in 2009.

Also seen on page 21, more than half (2144) of the 3977 motorcycle crashes occurred when the motorcyclist was “Going Straight Ahead” at the time of the accident.

Motorcyclist Struck And Killed In Pekin, Illinois

On Thursday, July 21, a motorcyclist was struck and killed by a motorist in Pekin, Illinois.

Allegedly, an elderly woman ran a red light at the intersection of Margaret and 2nd Street and struck the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist has been identified as William L. Wiker, Jr., 56, of Pekin.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, an unidentified woman, was taken to Pekin Hospital but did not appear to have major injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

Additional details can be found in the centralillinoisnewscenter.com story of July 21 titled “Fatal motorcycle accident in Pekin.”

Motorcycle Safety – Highland Park Illinois

In the July 15 2011 edition of “The Highlander,” (pdf) the monthly publication of the City of Highland Park, there is a section on page 5 titled “Motorists Cautioned to Drive Safely With Motorcyclists.”

The section is three paragraphs long and contains a variety of information with regard to motorcycle and motor scooter safety.

A notable excerpt includes:

The most common causes of motorcycle crashes occur when: a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcycle that has the right-of-way; a vehicle rear-ends a slowing or stopping motorcycle; a vehicle changes lanes and strikes a motorcycle; and a motorcycle exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for conditions.

The section also suggests a variety of safety recommendations.