We told you about last Friday morning’s fatal motorcycle accident in the South Loop in Chicago involving a CTA bus. The bus turned left in front of a motorcyclist, who was unable to avoid a crash. As it turns out, two more motorcyclists lost their lives in collisions over the next two days in the state of Illinois.
The first motorcycle accident occurred on Friday evening in Sangamon County. Around 10:15pm, a pair of motorcycles was riding on Hastings Road between Black Avenue and Ely Street in Springfield when they collided with one another. Both riders were ejected from their bikes, and one of them suffered only minor injuries. The other, a 24-year old man from Springfield, died less than an hour later at a nearby hospital.
Then another deadly motorcycle crash took place on Saturday evening in Will County. A 49-year old was riding with three other motorcyclists en route to a bar on West Jefferson Street near Houbolt Road (just northeast of Joliet Regional Airport). As the bikes were turning, the 49-year old’s motorcycle was hit from behind by a Jeep. The man was pronounced dead at a Joliet hospital just before midnight.
In the Springfield crash, it’s unclear who was at fault in the motorcycle crash. If it turns out to be the one who survived, he could be named as a plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family members of the 24-year old victim.
In Joliet, police believe that the crash was partly caused by the 49-year old not realizing that his foursome was turning – and making a readjustment which caused him to be hit by the Jeep. However, if he is determined to be less than 50% responsible, the Jeep driver could still have to pay some damages in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family.