Update On Freeport Illinois Motorcycle Accident Of September 18 2011

In the September 20 post titled “Woman Injured During Motorcycle Accident In Freeport, Illinois” it was reported that the motorcyclist, Shellee Ann Handley, 55, of Warrenville, was injured during a September 18 motorcycle accident that caused her to fall from the motorcycle.

Today it is being reported that Handley died from her injuries a day after the accident, despite having worn a helmet at the time of the accident.

An excerpt from the September 22 The Journal-Standard article titled “Motorcycle crash victim dies a day later” :

Police say Handley tried to stop her motorcycle at the intersection when the rear tire lost traction and slid out. The motorcycle then went onto its side, ejecting the rider. The road surface was wet from the rain, which likely contributed to the accident, said Sgt. Shan MacAdam of the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s just one of those unfortunate things,” said MacAdam, who was one of the emergency responders at the accident scene. “Had the pavement been dry, she would’ve probably continued on her way. … She touched her brakes to stop at the intersection, lost traction, and fell over.”

Handley was wearing a helmet and “full body protective gear,” but it wasn’t enough to prevent her from receiving a serious head injury that eventually took her life, MacAdam said.

“We believe her helmet made contact with the pavement, and (her head) was struck in the wrong spot,” MacAdam said. “There’s no real explanation for something like that.”


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