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.”