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Coroner IDs Wood River motorcyclist killed in crash

A motorcyclist from Wood River died in a crash with a car in Wood River on Friday night, police said.

William Morales, 28, was victim, the Madison County Coroner’s Office said Saturday.

Morales was pronounced dead Friday at Alton Memorial Hospital after “heroic life saving measures were unsuccessful,” the corner’s office said in a news release.

Authorities gave this account of what happened:

A woman was driving a car with one passenger and her vehicle collided with a motorcycle driven by Morales at the intersection of Madison Avenue, also known as Illinois 143, and Second Street at about 8:30 p.m.

Morales was fatally injured and the occupants of the car were not injured.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Morales died as a result of blunt trauma to his torso, the coroner’s office said.

The Wood River Police Department requested assistance from the Illinois State Police accident reconstruction unit and the crash remains under investigation.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Wojstrom Funeral Home in Pontoon Beach.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.