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Nine months after daughter died in crash, man is killed in motorcycle wreck

Scott W. Porter was killed when his motorcycle collided with another cycle making a U-turn on the road, polic said.
Scott W. Porter was killed when his motorcycle collided with another cycle making a U-turn on the road, polic said. BND illustration

A Red Bud man who lost his daughter nine months ago to a car crash was killed over the weekend in a motorcycle accident.

Scott W. Porter, 53, was traveling northbound at 4:45 p.m. Saturday on Illinois 3 near Coffee Street in Rockwood when he came around a corner on his Harley-Davidson and struck another motorcyclist who was making an illegal u-turn, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Watson.

Watson said the driver of the other motorcycle — Ricky D. Niemeyer, 27, of Red Bud — also was headed northbound with a passenger when he slowed and began his u-turn. Porter came around a curve in the road and struck the left-hand side of Niemeyer’s motorcycle as Niemeyer was making the turn. Watson said neither Porter, Niemeyer nor Neimeyer’s passenger — Michelle L. Kent of Red Bud — were wearing helmets. All three were thrown from the motorcycles as a result of the collision.

Porter was taken by helicopter to a St. Louis-area hospital where he later died from his injuries. Niemeyer and Kent were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

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Porter’s daughter, Hannah Porter, 20, was one of two people killed in a head-on crash Jan. 13 on Illinois 159 between Hecker and Red Bud.

Niemeyer was cited by police for making an illegal u-turn and riding a motorcycle without a motorcycle certification on his driver’s license.

“You have the issue of a death involved in this,” Watson said. “The (Randolph County) State’s Attorney will take a look at this” to determine whether additional charges are filed.

Niemeyer was cited by police for making an illegal u-turn and riding a motorcycle without proper certification on his driver’s license.

Niemeyer and Kent were in stable condition Monday afternoon, Watson said.

Hannah Porter was the passenger of 19-year-old Abigail Liefer, of Ruma. The pair were killed when a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Crystal Steinheimer, 20, of Red Bud, crossed the center line.

According to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against Steinheimer by Hannah Porter’s mother, Dawn Porter, Steinheimer’s blood alcohol level was 0.179 at the time of the crash. That’s more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Also named in the suit are three bars that allegedly served the under-age Steinheimer alcohol.

Steinheimer has also been charged in Monroe County with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. If convicted, she could be sentenced to between 6 and 28 years in prison. Steinheimer has pled not guilty to the charges.

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