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Two motorcyclists killed in crash; car’s driver in custody

Two killed in motorcycle-car crash

Police were investigating a car-motorcycle crash where South Belt West intersects with State Street in Belleville Thursday night.
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Police were investigating a car-motorcycle crash where South Belt West intersects with State Street in Belleville Thursday night.

A 66-year-old motorcyclist and his 60-year-old female passenger died after being injured in a crash with a car Thursday night in Belleville, and the car’s driver has been taken into custody, Belleville police said Friday.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

The crash occurred about 8:49 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Belt West and State Street.

The victims were on a 2000 BMW 259R motorcycle. They were taken to area hospitals and died from their injuries, according to a Belleville Police Department news release.

The other vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz, was driven by a 23-year-old man who was treated at the scene, then taken into police custody for further investigation. His name was not released.

Belleville investigators and traffic officers were conducting the investigation and handling the accident reconstruction.

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A motorcycle and car collided at 8:49 p.m. Thursday where South Belt West intersects with State Street in Belleville. Kara Berg kberg@bnd.com

A spokeswoman for the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office said Friday that the office did not have any information to release on the two victims.

Anyone with information regarding this crash can call the Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1212.

The deaths of the two motorcyclists in Belleville occurred in the wake of four serious crashes involving motorcycles in the metro-east in recent weeks:

▪  The 67-year-old operator of an Edwardsville towing company died Aug. 7 in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Illinois 157 and Center Grove Road.

▪  A woman was critically injured on Aug. 4 when an SUV collided with the motorcycle on which was a passenger near Mascoutah High School.

▪  A 37-year-old Collinsville man died July 16 after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting a concrete planter in the 2200 block of Vandalia Street.

▪  A 26-year-old Nebraska man died July 10 on the Poplar Street Bridge after he fell off his motorcycle and was struck by a semitrailer.

Also, an O’Fallon couple died in June when the motorcycle they were riding hit a deer and then an oncoming SUV in Minnesota.

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