Motorist Charged In May 23 Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Chicago’s West Side

Charges have been brought regarding a fatal motorcycle accident that happened Wednesday, May 23,  on Chicago’s West Side.

The accident happened at approximately 7:24 p.m.

The accident, in the North Lawndale neighborhood, happened when Joe Sneed, driving an SUV, allegedly struck a motorcyclist on the 3700 block of West 16th Street.

Sneed, 43, of Chicago, was charged, according to police, with one count of aggravated DUI; an improper U-turn; not having a driver’s license; no insurance; driving under the influence of alcohol; and aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm.  Sneed was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Buvern Francisco, 33, of Chicago, the motorcyclist, was pronounced dead at 8:03 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

There was also a  woman passenger on the motorcycle.  The woman is said to be 27-years-old, from Hammond, Indiana.  She is 10 weeks pregnant, and suffered a spleen injury and a broken pelvis.  She was taken to Stroger Hospital where, as of Saturday, she was said to be in serious condition.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the May 26 Chicago Tribune story titled “Man charged in fatal motorcycle crash on West Side” as well as the May 27 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with DUI in death of motorcyclist.”


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