Father, 11-year-old daughter killed in motorcycle crash

News-DemocratApril 17, 2013 

— A father and his daughter who were on his motorcycle were killed Sunday evening in Brooklyn and the 18-year-old driver who struck them was treated and released from a local hospital.

The 44-year-old male victim was identified by St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone as Carl Sheard of East St. Louis.

Stone said Sheard, who turned 44 in March, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:10 p.m.

"He died from massive trauma to the head and lower extremities," Stone said.

His 11-year-old daughter was taken to a hospital in Granite City and later flown to a St. Louis hospital. Police have not yet identified her.

Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said they were not wearing helmets.

The head-on crash occurred at 6:40 p.m. on Illinois 3 in Brooklyn right by the new Illinois River Bridge. It is often referred to as Dead Man's Curve, Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said the 18-year-old driver who struck the motorcycle is from East St. Louis. She was questioned by police and released pending the outcome of an investigation by the Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team. Tomlinson did not identify her because charges, if there are any, will not come until after the state police team completes its investigation.

Normally, it takes between six to eight weeks for the report to be complete.

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