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.”



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.

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 story of July 21 titled “Fatal motorcycle accident in Pekin.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On West Lake Street In Chicago

A man was killed on his motorcycle this morning in the 3600 block of West Lake Street in Chicago.

Details regarding the accident are not extensive.  According to a July 21 Chicago Tribune story on the accident, titled “Motorcyclist crashes into ‘L’ support beam, dies“, Tarzan Lynch, of Chicago’s West Side, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a metal support column part of the CTA tracks.

According to the story:

Police said that Lynch was changing lanes at about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of West Lake Street when he collided with support beam underneath the Conservatory-Central Park Drive stop on the CTA’s Green Line.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Lynch was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.