Motorcyclist hurt on tollway
Daily Herald Reports
Posted on June 20, 2002
A 26-year-old woman was in critical condition Wednesday after she rode her motorcycle off the Northwest Tollway in Elgin and into a guardrail.
The woman was riding with a group of other motorcycles and cars on the tollway near Randall Road at about 9:35 p.m. when she rode onto the median and into the guardrail, Elgin fire Deputy Chief Michael Falese said.
Suffering from head and other injuries, she was in critical condition when paramedics rushed her to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Falese said.
When rescue workers arrived, the woman and her motorcycle were pinned beneath the guardrail. Firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to lift the guardrail to free her, Falese said.
Police continued to investigate the accident late Wednesday night.
That really sucks. Everytime I read or hear about something like this I question why I ride with two little kids at home. I wonder how many of these motorcycle fatalities are rider error or could have been avoided if the rider was riding cautiously. I like to think it not as dangerous as everyone thinks if you ride defensively (ride the PACE, Tony).
I haven't heard of too many crashes lately that weren't somehow attributed to rider error or inexperience.
I agree wiht Michael. You need ot ride aggressiv emost of the time and be proactive in your riding. Although I doubt that had anything to do with it. She must have been the 5th rider. Sorry, but I always try to find humor even in a bad situation. makes life less depressing.