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‘Everybody liked him’: St. Libory man dies in motorcycle crash

Blake Lickenbrock
Blake Lickenbrock

Police are trying to determine what caused a fatal motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a St. Libory resident.

Blake Lickenbrock died Sunday night along Illinois 15 near its intersection of Venedy Road when his 2009 Harley-Davidson veered off the highway and overturned.

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Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said the crash is under investigation by the agency’s accident reconstruction team.

Lickenbrock, 24, was a lineman with Ameren. His instructor at lineman school in Georgia was Thomas Kinard.

“I had him for 15 weeks,” Kinard said. “When he first showed up he was a shy young man, but it didn’t take him long to come out of his shell.”

Kinard said he hasn’t seen many students as eager to learn or as focused as Lickenbrock.

“He had a lot of character,” Kinard said. “He knew he wanted a job with Ameren. That was his goal and I’m proud that he was able to achieve his goal.

“It’s just unreal that a young man so full of life is gone,” Kinard said. “Everybody liked him. He was a happy go lucky young man. I’m very proud of the fact that I was able to help train him.”

Dye said there were no skid marks at the scene or other indicators of what might have caused Lickenbrock to veer off the road.

The victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to police reports.

Scott Wuerz: 618-239-2626, @scottwuerzBND

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