While statistically, the number of motorcycle accidents has decreased over the last few decades, there has been a significant rise in the number of motorcycle accident-related deaths. This sobering fact makes many motorcyclists realize the dangers of riding a bike for pleasure or for transportation to work. In fact, approximately 4000 individuals lose their lives as an operator or passenger on motorcycles every year. The information below provides insight into some of the most recent motorcycle accidents with injuries and fatalities occurring in Chicagoland.
Plano Motorcyclist Loses Life in Yorkville Accident
In October 2015, a Plano man lost his life after colliding with a minivan on Fox Road in Yorkville at approximately 5:20 PM. The 51-year-old biker was traveling on Fox Road heading westbound on his motorcycle just before being struck by a minivan operated by a 32-year-old female Plano resident.
The motorcyclist was transported to a rural hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Additionally, a 10-year-old passenger riding in the minivan also suffered injuries. The street between Pavilion Road and Poplar Drive remained closed until 10 PM. The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit with assistance provided by Yorkville law enforcement.
Young Man Killed in Waukegan Motorcycle Crash
A Zion-Benton Township high school teenager died in October 2015 as a result of a traffic motorcycle collision involving two other vehicles. 17-year-old Zion resident Anthony Young was riding his motorcycle on Jackson Street between Glen Rock Avenue and Washington Street when the collision occurred in north suburban Waukegan. The young motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries. Police report that there were no other serious injuries involved in the accident.
Motorcycle Crash Victim Seriously Injured on Interstate 55
On September 28, 2015, Illinois State Police reported that a motorcycle collision occurred on inbound Interstate 55 near interstates 90 and 94, causing minor injuries to the motorcyclist at approximately 5:45 PM. The biker was taken to Stroger Hospital and all interstate lanes were reopened approximately one hour later.
Two Bikers Suffer Serious Injuries in Carpentersville Charity Ride Accident
A motorcyclist and passenger suffered serious injuries in October 2015while participating in the ABATE charity motorcycle ride after crashing their bike in northwest suburban Carpentersville. 46-year-old Warrenville resident Curtis Dalton was operating his 2000 Yamaha bike near the Green Road and Main Street intersection just afternoon.
The accident occurred after the motorcyclist made a quick maneuver around a helmet that had fallen from the motorcycle of another biker participating in the ride. Dalton was transported to the Downers Grove Good Samaritan Hospital by air. His passenger, 43-year-old Aurora resident Sarah Nickence was transported to Delmar Community Hospital (Geneva). Both victims were treated for severe injuries.
Motorcyclist Loses Life after Colliding with Elgin School Bus
An 18-year-old motorcyclist lost his life in October 2015 after colliding with an Elgin school district bus that was occupied by only the bus driver. Elgin police report that the motorcyclists reportedly did not stop at the busy Chicago and Center Street intersection stoplight, where the collision occurred.
The young man was transported to Presence St. Joseph Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officials indicate that the 54-year-old bus driver was not harmed as a result of the accident.
Suburban Man Loses Life in Yorkville Motorcycle Accident
A southwest Chicago suburban motorcyclist lost his life in October 2015 after colliding with a minivan in Yorkville. Police report that John Kaegebein was riding his motorcycle on Fox Road west of Hoover Drive heading westbound at approximately 5:20 PM. That is when the 32-year-old Plano driver heading eastbound in her minivan attempted a left turn maneuver onto Hoover into the pathway of the motorcycle. The minivan driver never yielded to the bike, which caused it to collide into the passenger side of the vehicle.
The Plano motorcyclist was ejected from his bike. Paramedics transported Kaegebein
to Rush-Copley Medical Center (Aurora) where he succumbed to his injuries approximately one hour after the accident. The Plano minivan driver and her 10-year-old daughter were also transported to the hospital. Police indicate that the driver was ticketed for improper lane usage and failing to yield to the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
Wilmette Motorcycle Accident Claims a Life of Morton Grove Man
A Wilmette motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Morton Grove biker in September 2015 after he crashed into a vehicle while riding northbound on Sheridan Road. Police report that the driver of the vehicle turned left into the pathway of 42-year-old Morton Grove resident Paul Choi. The critically injured motorcyclist was transported to Evanston Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries just hours after the accident.
After an initial investigation, police report that the 79-year-old male Wilmette driver was traveling southbound in a 2008 Jeep grand Cherokee along Sheridan Road. Police say the driver turned left into Choi’s lane at the entrance of Gillson Park. The driver did not suffer an injury though his 78-year-old female passenger was transported to the same hospital as Choi with a non-incapacitating injury.
As a part of the investigation, police reported that there was no indication of drugs or alcohol factoring into the accident and as of yet, no arrest or citation has been made in the case.
Motorcyclists who sharing the roadway with vehicles must remain alert and aware to maximize their safety and minimize the potential of being involved in a fatal accident. In many incidences, motorists in passenger vehicles never saw the motorcycle before the collision occurred.