UPDATED: JUNE 22, 2021
An Illinois State Police crash reconstruction team called to investigate a June 17 crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist may be looking into whether or not speed was a factor in the collision.
Two witnesses interviewed by Brookfield police in the wake of the crash in the 9500 block of Ogden Avenue at about 1:20 p.m. reportedly told police they had seen the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed prior to it crashing into the rear driver’s side of a Toyota SUV that was pulling out of the lot at Brookfield Express Car Wash and attempting to turn left onto westbound Ogden Avenue.
According to the police report, one witness told police that the motorcycle, driven by a 25-year-old Port Barrington man, was traveling at a high speed in and driving between vehicles in the center and curb lanes in the area of Mannheim Road and Ogden Avenue before that witness lost sight of the motorcycle.
Another witness reported seeing the motorcycle increase in speed as it approached the Eberly-Ogden intersection to beat a changing traffic light.
The 23-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Toyota SUV told police she saw that the traffic signal at Eberly Avenue was red and that she didn’t see any other vehicles coming from either direction when she pulled out of the car wash lot.
The motorcyclist sustained numerous broken bones and was bleeding when emergency personnel arrived at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, according to police, which likely saved his life.
Paramedics took the man to Loyola University Medical Center, where police cited him for driving on a suspended license, for a driver’s license classification violation and for having no proof of insurance. As of June 21, he reportedly had been discharged from the hospital, police said.
The Toyota driver was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.
Police shut down Ogden Avenue to traffic in both directions at Eberly and Blanchan avenues while state investigators processed the scene. The street was closed to traffic in both directions until after 6 p.m.