Fatal Fox Lake Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle crash Tuesday (February 14, 2017) in Fox Lake.

According to witness accounts of the accident, the crash involved a loss of control of the motorcycle.

An excerpt from the February 15, 2017 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Fox Lake police:  Cellphone distraction leads to fatal motorcycle crash“:

The driver, 45-year-old Mark Dittmer of the 600 block of Mohawk Drive in Round Lake Heights, was riding a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle just after 5 p.m. on Rollins near Rainier Way, west of Route 59, when his cellphone rang, according to Deputy Chief Jim Lee of the Fox Lake Police Department.

“According to witnesses, the cellphone rang, and he was handing it back to his fiancee riding on the back when he lost control,” he said.

Preliminary crash investigation findings indicate that after falling from the motorcycle, Dittmer hit his head on an adjacent asphalt bicycle path.  He died at the accident scene.

His 42-year-old female passenger was reported to have minor injuries resulting from the crash.

Neither Dittmer or the female passenger were wearing motorcycle helmets at the time of the crash.

The crash investigation is being handled by the  Fox Lake Police Department and the Lake County Major Crash Assist Team (MCAT.)

Those who may have witnessed the crash are asked to contact the Fox Lake Police Department Investigations Division at 847-587-3100.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Lake County motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lake County News-Sun article mentioned above as well as the February 15 Daily Herald article titled “Police:  Round Lake Heights man killed in motorcycle crash was handing phone to passenger.”

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