Motorcycle Crash In McHenry, Illinois

There was a motorcycle accident Friday (May 6, 2016) in McHenry.  The accident initially injured two people, a motorcyclist and passenger.

According to McHenry Township Fire Protection District Lt. Mike Kempster, the department responded at approximately 3:30 p.m. to the accident scene, which was at Route 31, just south of Shoppers Drive, in McHenry.

McHenry Police say the accident happened as a Ford Taurus was traveling northbound on Route 31, and it collided with a southbound 2007 Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle.

The cause of the accident was initially undetermined or undisclosed.  Later, it was determined that the Taurus crossed the center line and thereby struck the motorcycle.

Both people on the motorcycle were seriously injured.   They were identified as Mike Thornton, 39, of Woodstock, and Amy Thornton, 42, of Woodstock.  One was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of their accident injuries, and the second person was also taken to a hospital.  Amy Thornton died from her accident injuries nine days later.

The driver of the car was not injured.

An excerpt from the Northwest Herald article of May 6, 2016, titled “McHenry motorcycle crash seriously injures 2 people, fire official says“:

The driver of the Ford, 45-year-old Sheree Ann Shaw of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, was taken into custody and charged with no valid driver’s license, police said. Shaw posted bond and is set to appear in court June 8 in Woodstock, police said.

The McHenry Police Department is asking those who may have information regarding the crash to call the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200 or the anonymous tip line at 815-363-2124.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Northwest Herald article mentioned above as well as the May 6 article titled “McHenry motorcycle crash seriously injures 2 people, fire official says.”


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