Metro-East News

State police, coroner investigate fatal motorcycle crash

A person was killed early Thursday in a motorcycle crash on 158 near Freeburg-Douglas Road.

The crash happened just after 7 a.m., according to police reports. St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone confirmed the crash resulted in a fatality. He did not release the identity of the victim pending notification of family.

“The motorcycle rider was eastbound on 158 approaching Douglas Road,” according to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. “The rider failed to negotiate the curve which caused him to veer off the roadway to the right, knocking down the stop sign at the intersection of Douglas Road.”

The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. His motorcycle could be seen after the crash about 20 yards off the roadway in a corn field.

Illinois 158 was closed until after 8:30 a.m. while the state police Accident Reconstruction Team investigated. Police were unsure, pending the results of their work, what caused the motorcyclist to lose control.

Stone said the cause of death has not yet been determined.

“The case is still under investigation,” Stone said.

The crash was the second fatal motorcycle wreck in the metro-east in three days. On Tuesday a St. Jacob man, Michael D. Harris, 40, died when he had a motorcycle accident on Schmalz Road just outside of town.

Scott Wuerz