Motorcyclist killed in Brookfield crash

Police continue to investigate how the incident at Grove and Windemere unfolded


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By Bob Uphues


A police report obtained by the Landmark indicates that a motorcyclist, who was killed when his bike collided with another vehicle in the intersection of Grove and Windemere avenues on Oct. 10, drove through a stop sign and into the path of a silver Nissan Kicks, driven by a 59-year-old Lyons woman who had the right of way.

Both the driver of the Nissan and an independent witness, who was following behind the Nissan in another vehicle, reportedly told police they were eastbound on Windemere Avenue at about 1:15 p.m. when Michael Sobran, 50, of Lyons, who was northbound on Grove Avenue, failed to stop at the stop sign.

The intersection is only partially controlled, with stop signs on the north and south approaches of Grove Avenue. Windemere Avenue has no stop signs at that intersection.

The Nissan struck Sobran's motorcycle, police reported, sending it sliding across the intersection where it came to rest after striking the curb on the south east side of the intersection. The motorcycle landed on top of Sobran, who was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

The witness, identified as a 58-year-old Bolingbrook man, and a Brookfield police officer who arrived at the scene were able to lift the motorcycle off of Sobran and place it on the parkway. Paramedics transported Sobran to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:46 p.m.

Paramedics also transported the driver of the Nissan to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for observation. The police report does not indicate she was injured in the crash. Police issued no citations.

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Donna Juzkiw from Fort Myers  

Posted: October 11th, 2019 8:06 PM

Before making comments as to who was at fault look for cameras which might prove otherwise... did the one light just change, we're there skid marks from the car & if not why? Don't be so quick to judge...There should always be an investigation. And I see the comment that it was known to be a dangerous intersection therefore maybe the town plays a role here for not making it a 4 way stop.

Margo Catalano from Orland park  

Posted: October 10th, 2019 8:47 PM

Did you see the accident? I am the sister of the motorcyclist

King Leena  

Posted: October 10th, 2019 8:09 PM


King Leena  

Posted: October 10th, 2019 8:08 PM

There is not much to investigate. The rider of the bike blew the stop sign and got hit by the driver. That intersection is dangerous and should be a 4-way stop instead of a 2-way stop. It is truly a saddening event. I unfortunately was there right after it happened. I feel so bad for the family of the man on the bike and most definitely feel bad for the driver.

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