Motorcyclist Dies In Chicago Heights Illinois After Fleeing From Police

On Wednesday, August 25, a motorcyclist died in Chicago Heights, Illinois after crashing into another vehicle.  The motorcyclist, before the accident, had refused to stop for police, according to officials.

According to Police Sgt. Joe Petrarca, late Wednesday night two Chicago Heights officers saw two motorcycles travel eastbound at a high rate of speed on Route 30.  The officers activated their police lights and began to follow the motorcyclists, who refused to stop, he said.

One of the motorcyclists then turned north on Halsted Street, continuing to travel at a fast speed. The officers then stopped the pursuit, but soon thereafter saw a cloud of dust and debris, Petrarca said.

The impact with the car happened in the happened in the 100 block of North Halsted street.  The motorcyclist was identified as Shawn Mays, 51, of Chicago.  He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman.

According to Petrarca, the accident is still under police investigation.

Additional information can be seen at the Chicago Tribune article of August 25 titled “Police:  Motorcyclist dies after crashing while fleeing traffic stop” and at the August 26 Chicago Heights Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Killed After Ignoring Emergency Lights: Police