By Bob Uphues
A motorcyclist reportedly racing at high speeds while southbound in the 1900 block of Harlem Avenue in North Riverside died after slamming his 2001 Yamaha into a car turning left into the Aldi parking lot at about 6:50 p.m. on March 7.
The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the motorcyclist as 29-year-old Eduardo Galvez, of Addison, who sustained multiple injuries in the crash. He was found lying unresponsive in the street when first responders arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead at 7:12 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center.
Three witnesses interviewed by police said that they saw two motorcycles apparently racing one another southbound at extremely high rates of speed just before the crash. One witness estimated the bikes were traveling at 90 to 100 mph.
Another witness told police she was also waiting to turn left into the Aldi lot when a motorcycle zoomed past her at a very high rate of speed. Shortly afterward, she said she heard what sounded like another motorcycle racing and observed it strike the Nissan as the car turned left.
According to the police report, a 58-year-old Berwyn woman in a white Nissan Xterra was facing northbound, waiting in the left-turn lane, believed southbound traffic had cleared when she made her turn into the Aldi parking lot.
At that moment, she reported seeing a bright white streak of light traveling very fast southbound and then felt a sudden impact. The crash caused the Nissan to spin and strike a red Honda, which was waiting to exit the parking lot, head on. Police said the driver of the Nissan showed no signs of impairment and agreed to blood and urine draw at a local hospital.
Neither the driver of the Nissan nor the passengers inside Honda sustained serious injuries. The WESTAF accident reconstruction unit sent investigators to the scene and are compiling a report.
Police cited the driver of the Nissan for failure to yield turning left.
DUI charge for wrong-way driver
Riverside police charged a 31-year-old Lyons man with drunken driving and cited him for other traffic offenses after an officer on patrol reported observing him driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Woodside Road at about 2:50 a.m. on March 6.
Woodside Road is a street where northbound and southbound lanes are divided by a grass median. The police officer was able to curb the vehicle in front of Hauser Junior High School, 65 Woodside Road.
According to police, the driver and his wife, who was a passenger, had been at three different bars drinking beer and tequila before being pulled over in Riverside. Police reported the driver's blood-alcohol content was .161, which is twice the legal limit of .08.
- Brookfield police charged a 30-year-old Lansing man with drunken driving after he reported crashed his black Nissan into the rear end of a Chevy pickup stopped for a red light at the intersection of 47th Street and Plainfield Road on March 2 at about 9:45 p.m.
No one was injured, but police reported that the blood-alcohol content of the offending driver was .230, which almost three times the legal limit. In addition to driving under the influence, the driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured vehicle and having no vehicle registration.
- North Riverside police charged a 27-year-old Round Lake Beach man with driving under the influence and aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol clocked the man driving a gray Dodge at 58 mph in a 30 mph zone in the 2600 block of Desplaines Ave. on March 2 at about 2:55 a.m.
The driver's blood-alcohol content reportedly was .18, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Van, left running and unlocked, stolen
North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of 17th Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. on March 5 after a woman called to report that her Ford van, which had been left unattended and running while parked on the street for about 10 minutes, had been stolen.
During the early morning hours of the following day, Broadview police contacted North Riverside to report the van had been recovered, unoccupied, at 13th Street and 16th Avenue, about a mile away.
North Riverside police are urging caution in the wake of a report that someone posing as a "water department" employee gained entry to a home in the 2200 block of Westover Avenue on the afternoon of March 3 under the pretense that he had to shut off the water for an unknown reason and may have stolen items from the home.
The victim told police she hadn't noticed anything of value missing from the home, but the man posing as the water department employee reportedly could be heard going in and out of several rooms.
Surveillance video from a camera in the neighborhood reportedly showed a pickup truck circling the victim's block around the time of the incident
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 2-8, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.