Fox River Grove man dies after overnight motorcycle crash

By LINDSAY GLOOR - lgloor@shawmedia.com Published: Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 8:02 a.m. CDT

CARY — An unidentified Fox River Grove man died after he was ejected from his motorcycle in an overnight crash in unincorporated Lake County, police and fire officials say.

According to a news release from the Cary Fire Protection District, emergency crews were dispatched to the intersection of Fox River Road and Woodland Avenue at 12:11 a.m. for a motorcycle crash that involved injuries. Upon arrival, responders found the victim well off the road in a field.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Covelli said a preliminary investigation showed a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle was eastbound on Fox River Road when it left the pavement, entered a ditch on the south side of the road and struck a utility pole. The rider was ejected. Covelli said it is still unclear why the motorcycle left the road.

The man, who was wearing a helmet, was in critical condition on the scene. He was treated and transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, where he was later pronounced dead, Covelli said.

According to the Cary release, a Flight For Life helicopter was placed on standby prior to members of the Cary Fire Protection District arriving on the scene, but the man did not fit the criteria necessary to be flown.

Covelli said the Fox River Grove man's identity is being withheld pending confirmation, and an autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning by the Lake County Coroner's Office.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit continues to investigate the incident. The Cary Police Department also assisted on the scene.

"CFPD would like to remind everyone that safety is everyone's responsibility," Cary Fire Lieutenant Michael D. Douglass said in a statement. "When participating in summer activities, please wear appropriate protective equipment whether riding a bicycle, a motorcycle or a scooter."