Back in August of 1969, thousands of young adults from across the country journeyed east to Woodstock, New York for what later became known as a historic music festival. But one of the biggest reasons that attendees made the journey was so that they could be with others who shared their interests.
Similarly, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts head to the north-central part of the nation every year for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. This gives them an opportunity to mingle and connect with other bikers like themselves.
So perhaps it’s cruelly ironic that a man who was returning home from the Sturgis festival was killed in a motorcycle accident… in Woodstock (the Illinois city in McHenry County, not the New York spot).
On Sunday afternoon shortly before 4:30pm, a 54-year old Arlington Heights man was riding his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on U.S. 14 on the southern edge of Woodstock. At the intersection with Dean Street, a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country minivan tried to turn left from westbound U.S. 14 to go south on Dean. The minivan turned in front of the motorcyclist, who slammed into the side of the Chrysler. The driver of the minivan, a man from Woodstock, was taken to a nearby hospital, but the Arlington Heights man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Here’s the unusual part of the story: authorities have determined that both men were “running a red light” at the time of the motorcycle accident, meaning neither of them had the right of way. This complicates matters should the surviving family members of the motorcyclist file a wrongful death lawsuit against the minivan driver, or if the Woodstock man chooses to file a personal injury lawsuit against the estate of the Arlington Heights man. Since both men were partially at fault, it’s unclear which suit (if any) would be successful in court.