Motorcycle Collision In Unincorporated McHenry Township

There was a motorcycle accident last night (June 3, 2014) in unincorporated McHenry Township.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, this motorcycle collision happened at approximately 6:24 p.m. at the intersection of Ringwood Road and Orchard Way Drive.

According to a preliminary investigation, a Kia Optima was traveling southbound on Ringwood Road, and a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling northbound.  For reasons currently unknown, the Kia turned left in front of the motorcycle.  The motorcyclist, unable to stop in time, collided with the Kia’s passenger side door.

The motorcyclist, identified as Keith W. Westerfield, 46, of McHenry, was ejected from the motorcyclist during the collision.  He was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry, and then transferred via Flight For Life (helicopter) where he was listed in serious condition.

The driver of the Kia Optima was identified as Joshua M. Cavins, 25, of McHenry.  There was also a  front seat passenger.  Neither Cavins or the passenger were injured during this vehicle accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, and charges regarding this motorcycle accident are pending.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the June 4, 2014 McHenry County Sheriff’s Office press release titled “Sheriff’s Office Investigates A Two Vehicle Traffic Crash” as well as the June 4 article titled “McHenry man seriously injured in motorcycle crash identified” and the June 3 Northwest Herald article titled “Motorcyclist taken to hospital following accident.”


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