Authorities identify motorcyclist killed in high-speed accident

News-DemocratMarch 12, 2014 


Authorities have identified the metro-east motorcyclist killed when his bike went off an interstate ramp Tuesday.

Lester E. Ames, 45, of 19630 Darren Lane in Jerseyville, was on a 2007 Kawasaki R1 at 3:02 p.m. on the on ramp from Illinois 203 to eastbound Interstate 270 in Granite City when he lost control and crashed into a metal guard rail post, police said.

According to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr., witnesses said Ames was riding at a high rate of speed when he lost control. He slid more than 75 feet from the time he laid the motorcycle on its side until he struck the post.

The man was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Ames was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.

Another motorcyclist was seriously injured in an unrelated accident, which occurred on Illinois 13 near its intersection with Press Road between Freeburg and New Athens.

According to Dye, a driver of a passenger car pulled out to pass another motorist and struck an oncoming motorcycle rider nearly head-on.

The driver of the car, which had damage to its driver's side front corner and its driver's side mirror, was unhurt. But the biker had a severely broken leg and facial injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Dye said the report on the accident is not yet complete. State Police did not release the identities of the people involved in the crash nor did they say if they expected any tickets to be issued.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or call 239-2626.

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