Motorcyclist Charged Following Crash In Unincorporated McHenry County

There was a motorcycle accident Sunday (October 23, 2016) in unincorporated Woodstock in which the motorcyclist and passenger were injured.  The motorcyclist was subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI.)

According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, in an October 24, 2016 release titled “Motorcycle Crash In Woodstock Results In Serious Injuries,” the accident was reported at 2:14 p.m.   The motorcycle crash happened in the 16600 block of Garden Valley Road, which is in unincorporated Seneca Township.

An excerpt from the release:

Preliminary investigation indicates the 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle was headed east on Garden Valley Road, where it entered a curve, exited the roadway to the right and went into a ditch.  The motorcycle overturned, causing the driver and passenger to be ejected.

The male motorcyclist (Terrance M. Gospodarek, 56, of Elgin) was flown to Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. The female passenger (a 47-year-old woman from Elgin) was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

At the time of the collision, neither the motorcyclist or passenger was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Another excerpt from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office release mentioned above:

The driver is listed in stable condition. The passenger is listed in serious condition. The driver was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Additional charges are pending.  The crash investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Illinois motorcycle riding after drinking accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office media release mentioned above, as well as the October 24 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Driver Charged With DUI in Motorcycle Crash That Seriously Injured Woman” and the October 24 Daily Herald article titled “Elgin man faces DUI charge in motorcycle crash.”


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