Mokena Motorcycle Crash Along La Grange Road Leads To Fatality

A Mokena motorcycle crash occurred Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The cause of the crash appears to be a motorcycle loss of control that occurred for a currently undetermined reason. The accident led to the death of the motorcyclist.

Details on this fatal Mokena motorcycle crash appear somewhat limited at this time. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The accident is discussed in a number of media sources, including the June 27 The Herald-News article titled “Man dies after motorcycle crash in Mokena.” An excerpt:

The crash happened while Mark L. Batka, a Bloomingdale resident, was traveling south on La Grange Road just south of Interstate 80 in Mokena, according to a news release from the Will County Coroner’s Office. He was thrown from the bike as a result of the crash.

Batka, 63, was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for treatment of his accident injuries. He was pronounced dead in the afternoon.

The accident is also discussed in the June 26 Mokena Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Injured In Traffic Accident in Mokena: Cops.” According to that article, witnesses say that Batka at some point “lay down his bike.”

This Mokena motorcycle crash is under investigation and an autopsy will be performed. An accident reconstruction is also planned.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Mokena motorcycle crash can be seen in the articles mentioned above.

Motorcycle accidents can happen for many reasons. The last couple of years has seen many fatal Illinois motorcycle crashes – including Will County motorcycle crashes – caused by a loss of control. These types of crashes can happen for many reasons. Some reasons are beyond the control of the rider. Among these reasons is defective motorcycle parts or components and road hazards.

Other loss of control incidents are due to motorcyclist error. Rider error includes taking a curve at too high a speed, or riding in an otherwise high-risk manner. These “risky” motorcycle behaviors are further discussed on the “High-Risk Motorcyclist Actions” page.

Bolingbrook Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Boughton Road

A Bolingbrook fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Wednesday (April 17, 2019) afternoon. This Bolingbrook fatal motorcycle accident happened on Boughton Road near Weber Road, in the 1100 block of Boughton.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.

At the time of the accident, the motorcycle was traveling east when the motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

The motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead at the accident scene at 4:13 p.m., was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Francis B. Avanzado, of Willowbrook.

An excerpt concerning this Bolingbrook fatal motorcycle accident, from the April 18, 2019 Naperville Sun article titled “Bolingbrook police chase…” quoting Bolingbrook Police Lt. Anthony Columbus:

It is believed the motorcyclist struck the side of the car, Columbus said.

An autopsy found Avanzado’s preliminary cause of death was multiple injuries due to motorcycle collision, the coroner’s office said.

A person in the vehicle struck by the motorcycle was treated and released for minor injuries, Columbus said.

The accident investigation is continuing.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

As seen in the Will County motorcycle accidents that are summarized on this site, many have resulted in serious accident injuries, and in some cases fatalities, to the motorcyclist and/or motorcycle passenger. While there are many reasons for these accidents, one main reason is loss of control of the motorcycle. These loss of motorcycle control crashes can happen for a number of reasons. While some loss of control issues are the fault of the motorcycle rider, other loss of control problems can be caused by factors outside of the rider’s control. As an example, a road hazard can cause the motorcycle to lose stability that can result in a crash. While there are many types of road hazards, one type of road hazard is a foreign object on the roadway. Often, these objects may be cargo that has fallen from another vehicle, or road debris such as a discarded tire tread from a semi truck.

Crest Hill Motorcycle Accident On Weber Road Just South Of Ryan Drive

There was a fatal Crest Hill motorcycle accident Monday (October 29, 2018) night.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of this fatal Crest Hill motorcycle accident does not appear to be publicly available.

The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle on Weber Road, just south of Ryan Drive.  The motorcycle collided with the side of another vehicle.

The motorcyclist, identified as identified as Clifford A. Ragland, 29, of Bolingbrook, was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m.

An accident investigation to determine how this Crest Hill motorcycle accident occurred is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 30, 2018 The Herald-News article titled “Bolingbrook man dies in Crest Hill motorcycle crash” as well as the October 31 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Bolingbrook Man Killed On Motorcycle.”

Fatal Wilmington Motorcycle Crash On Roberts Street

There was a fatal Wilmington motorcycle crash Monday (August 27, 2018) night.  The crash is being attributed to a motorcycle loss of control.

According to information seen in the August 27, 2018 Channahon Patch article titled “Wilmington Motorcyclist Dies In Wreck” this fatal Wilmington motorcycle crash happened in the 1900 block of Roberts Street.

The motorcyclist was identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office as Cody O. Most, 22, of Wilmington.  He was pronounced dead at 5:35 a.m.

An excerpt from the article:

Most died after suffering multiple injuries as the result of “a motorcycle mishap,” authorities said.

This fatal Wilmington motorcycle crash is under investigation by the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

As discussed on the “Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities In Will County” page, motorcycle loss of control is one reason that can cause a motorcyclist to crash.  Should this loss of control occur at higher speeds, which is often the case, injuries can be serious in nature and often are life-threatening.

There are many reasons why these loss of control crashes can occur.  For example, a defective motorcycle part or component can cause or contribute to a crash.  Another cause of loss of motorcycle control is if there is a tire blowout, which often leads to a crash.  Tire blowouts on a motorcycle are particularly dangerous as high levels of instability can instantly occur.  Often an accident investigation is needed to determine the cause of the loss of control.

As seen in many Illinois motorcycle accidents, in the year 2018 motorcycle loss of control has been a frequent cause of fatal Illinois motorcycle crashes.

Plainfield Motorcycle Accident On Route 59 Critically Injures Rider

There was a Plainfield motorcycle accident Saturday (August 18, 2018) on Route 59.  This Will County motorcycle accident happened near Route 59 and Champion Drive and involved a motorcycle that collided with a sedan.

An excerpt from the August 18, 2018 Joliet Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Airlifted After Route 59 Crash“:

A motorcyclist was in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle at around 5:05 p.m. Saturday near Route 59 and Champion Drive. Police said the man, 48, was heading south on Route 59 when a woman driving a two-door sedan attempted to make a left turn on Champion and the two collided.

The motorcyclist was flown to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was reported to be in critical condition.

The driver of the car refused medical treatment at the accident scene.

This Plainfield motorcycle accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Fatal Romeoville Motorcycle Crash Along Crossroads Parkway

There was a fatal Romeoville motorcycle crash Sunday (July 29, 2018) night in Romeoville.

While the accident, including the reason for the accident, is still being investigated by Romeoville Police, it appears as if this Will County motorcycle crash involved a loss of control that happened for a currently undetermined reason.

Details on this fatal Romeoville motorcycle crash appear limited at this time.

The crash involved a motorcycle that left the roadway as the rider was traveling along Crossroads Parkway, about 150 feet east of Pro Logis Parkway, just before 5:00 p.m.  After leaving the roadway the motorcycle hit a fixed object.

The motorcyclist, identified as Jiles Q. Jones, 34, of Chicago, died at the accident scene.  He was pronounced dead at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Romeoville motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 30, 2018 Romeoville Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Dies In Romeoville Crash:  Coroner” as well as the July 30 The Herald-News article titled “Chicago man dies in Romeoville motorcycle crash.”

Drinking Alcohol Before Riding A Motorcycle A Leading Accident Cause

A longstanding cause of motorcycle accidents is drinking alcohol before riding a motorcycle.  Various statistics continue to show that a large percentage of motorcycle crashes – including fatal motorcycle accidents – is caused by impaired motorcyclists.  While there are many reasons as to why motorcyclists become involved in an accident – many of which are not their fault – “drinking before riding” is perhaps the leading cause of motorcycle accidents that are the fault of the rider.

While there are many reasons as to why drinking alcohol before riding a motorcycle is dangerous, perhaps the main reason is that the motorcyclist, if drunk, can’t maintain the fine balance needed to safely ride the motorcycle.  A loss of motorcycle control accident is likely to happen if balance can’t be maintained.  As seen in many motorcycle accidents – including those seen so far in 2018 – loss of motorcycle control often causes crashes that involve serious accident injuries.   Many such loss of control crashes have been fatal, especially those that happen at higher speeds and lead to the rider (and, if applicable, passenger) being ejected from the bike.

There was a Will County motorcycle crash in Montgomery after which the motorcyclist was charged with DUI.  The accident and subsequent charges are discussed in the June 18, 2018 Montgomery Patch article titled “Motorcyclist Gets DUI After Crash:  Montgomery Police Reports.”  An excerpt:

Michael Bradley, 25, of the 100 block of Franklin Avenue, Aurora, was charged with DUI after police say he lost control of his motorcycle near Orchard and Galena roads. Police responded to a the single-vehicle accident at around 1:40 a.m. June 14. Police said an item fell off Bradley’s motorcycle, causing him to drive over it, lose control and crash. Officers saw that Bradley showed signs of intoxication, police said.

Additional details regarding this drinking alcohol before riding a motorcycle traffic safety problem can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Car-Motorcycle Collision In Crete

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon (September 24, 2017) in Crete.  As seen in many fatal Illinois motorcycle accidents the accident is being attributed to a car’s driver who made a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  A collision then occurred between the car and Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened on Exchange Street shortly before 2:00 p.m.  At that time, an eastbound 2004 Hyundai Sonata attempted to turn left onto northbound Interstate 394, and in doing so struck a westbound Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, identified as Michael Boylan, 59, of Crete, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his accident injuries.  He later died.

The passenger on the motorcycle, Boylans’s wife Kimberly, 55, was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai, was identified as Ravindar Gania, 44, of Cleveland.

An excerpt from the September 25, 2017 The Herald-News article titled “Motorcycle man killed in Sunday afternoon crash“:

Gania was charged with failing to yield when turning left.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the ISP.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Will County fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Herald-News article mentioned above as well as the September 25 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured in crash on I-394 in Crete.”

Fatal Lemont Motorcycle Accident

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday (September 3, 2017) in Lemont.  The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and a car.

As often seen in collisions discussed on this site, this accident appears to have involved a car making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

The accident scene was at Main and Illinois.

The motorcyclist was identified as Michael Havemann, 63, of Lemont.  He died at the accident scene.

An excerpt regarding the fatal crash, as seen in the September 5, 2017 Lemont Patch article titled “Lemont Man Killed In Car Accident:  Police.”

According to police, investigation continues with reconstruction, however, there doesn’t appear to be any criminal intent in the accident. Police said Havemann was driving eastbound on Main, when a vehicle on westbound Main attempted to turn left onto Illinois.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County motorcycle collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lemont Patch article mentioned above.  The obituary for Michael Havemann can be seen at this link.

Will County Fatal I-80 Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon (September 2, 2017) on Interstate 80 (I-80) in Troy Township.  This accident appears to have involved a motorcycle loss of control.

According to information provided by the Will County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened on I-80, as the motorcyclist was riding a Harley-Davidson eastbound, east of I-55.  When the motorcycle was near mile marker 126, for an unknown reason the motorcyclist lost control of the bike.

The motorcyclist, identified as Kevin Smith, 51, of Chenoa, was ejected as the motorcycle struck the center median wall.  He was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was pronounced dead.

This fatal Illinois motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 3, 2017 Channahon Patch article titled “Motorcyclist, 51, Killed After Losing Control On I-80 In Troy Township” as well as the September 4 wspynews.com article titled “Chenoa Man Killed After Losing Control Of Motorcycle in Crash Near Streamwood.”