Interstate 55 Motorcycle Crash In Summit On May 19, 2019

A fatal Interstate 55 (I-55) motorcycle crash occurred Sunday (May 19, 2019) evening in Summit. According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, this fatal Interstate 55 motorcycle crash occurred on an I-55 entrance ramp from 1st Avenue.

This fatal Interstate 55 motorcycle crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 20, 2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Little Village man killed in motorcycle crash on I-55 ramp in Summit.”

An excerpt from the article:

Ramiro Rueda Jr., 24, was driving a black 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle about 10:20 p.m. when he lost control on the ramp from 1st Avenue to northbound I-55, according to Illinois State Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rueda, who lived in Little Village, was thrown from the bike after it hit a guardrail, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m.

A subsequent autopsy revealed that Rueda died from multiple accident injuries.

This fatal Interstate 55 motorcycle crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Many Illinois motorcycle accidents – including those that cause fatalities – involve a motorcycle loss of control. As discussed on the “Motorcycle Loss Of Control Accidents” page, such instances of loss of motorcycle control can occur for many reasons. One factor that can increase the likelihood of a motorcycle becoming unstable and crashing is riding at excessive speed, or riding too fast for conditions. Another common reason for loss of bike control is riding too fast going into a curve.

An excerpt from the aforementioned page concerning riding too fast going into a curve:

Operating a motorcycle too fast for conditions is often problematical from a control standpoint, and such excess speed is especially perilous when going into a corner.  Motorcyclists should be mindful of their speeds, especially when going into a corner.  This is especially so when riding on unfamiliar routes, where curves may be much sharper than one might expect.