Highland News Leader

Wood River man dies in motorcycle crash with postal truck in Highland

A Wood River man was killed and his wife was injured in a collision between a U.S. Postal Service truck and their motorcycle at St. Rose Road and Iberg Road in Highland on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn, Gaylon D. Parker, 69, was pronounced dead at 3:22 p.m. at the intersection as the result of head trauma. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the coroner’s office.

A statement from the Highland Police Department, said police arrived shortly before 2:30 p.m. to find a Parker deceased at the scene.

Investigators said Parker driving a 1982 Honda Goldwing Aspencade motorcycle, traveling westbound on St. Rose Road and collided with the Postal Service delivery truck, which had been traveling southbound on Iberg Road.

Donna C. Parker, 69, was injured in the crash is being cared for at a St. Louis hospital. The postal driver, Sandy L. Vosholler, 48, of Highland, was also taken to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Highland police cited Vosholler for failure to stop/yield at a sign and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Routine toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs will be undertaken. The Highland Police Department, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit, continues to probe the circumstances of the incident as well.

Funeral arrangements for Gaylon Parker are pending at this time.

The accident was the second in three days that resulted in the death of a motorcycle driver.

A Highland man was killed Sunday night after his motorcycle ran off a roadway in rural Madison County.

Illinois State Police responded to the scene at 9:49 p.m. on Illinois 160 outside Highland and Grantfork, where they found 52-year-old John Carter.

Sgt. Jay Miller said Carter had lost control of his motorcycle and swerved off the road.

Miller said Carter was initially transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and then airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Visitation for Carter will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral service will immediately follow the visitation on Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Donahue, chaplain of Anderson Hospital in Maryville officiating. Burial will be at a later date.