There was a fatal motorcycle crash near Morton, Illinois on Saturday (May 4, 2019) morning.
The motorcyclist involved in this motorcycle crash near Morton was found unresponsive by a passing driver shortly after 10:00 a.m. The accident scene was in the 1900 block of East Jefferson Avenue, which is outside Morton.
According to the coroner, the motorcyclist, identified as Marissa Cumbie, 55, of East Peoria, was pronounced dead at the OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria at 2:14 p.m.
According to the coroner, Cumbie died from severe head injuries and chest trauma. These types of injuries are common in serious motorcycle accidents.
The cause of this motorcycle crash near Morton does not appear to be publicly available at this time. It is unclear as to whether the crash only involved the motorcycle or if another vehicle may have been involved and left the accident scene.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle crash near Morton can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 5, 2019 pjstar.com article titled “East Peoria woman who died in motorcycle accident is identified” as well as the May 5 CIProud.com article titled “55-year-old East Peoria woman dies motorcycle accident.”
There are many reasons as to why riding a motorcycle relatively early in the Illinois motorcycle season can present greater-than-normal risks. Various reasons as to why this is so is discussed on the “Early-Season Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues” page. As seen on this page, there can be issues with regard to motorcycle rider familiarity; motorcycle maintenance issues; other driver awareness of motorcycles, and other issues. These issues can lead to events that cause a crash with injuries. Often, these issues can lead to a loss of motorcycle control, which has been a frequent contributing factor to many Illinois motorcycle accidents. As seen in Illinois motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, in 2018 many crashes involved loss of control issues.