UPDATE: Man Dies After Motorcycle vs. Semi Crash, Kirk Road Reopened in Geneva
Kirk Road was closed for about 3.5 hours Wednesday morning as police investigated the crash.
Editor's note: Police late Wednesday morning identified the man who died at the scene of the crash. To read our latest update, click here.
A Kane County man died Wednesday morning after his motorcycle collided with the side of a semi on Kirk Road in Geneva Township, police said.
The man collided with the semi's trailer as the semi was turning onto northbound Kirk Road from Cherry Lane. The crash occurred at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Pat Gengler, Kane Co. Sheriff's Office spokesman.
The man's name was initially withheld pending notification of his family, Gengler said.
Kirk Road was reopened to thru traffic at about 10:20 a.m. after being blocked for about 3.5 hours between Rt. 38 and Fabyan Parkway. The road was blocked off while officials investigated the crash.
The man was north of Kirk and Cherry driving his Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Kirk, according to the County Sheriff's Office.
The man failed to stop, and his motorcycle collided with the semi's trailer. The man was thrown from the motorcycle in the middle of the roadway. The motorcycle continued southbound on Kirk Road without a driver. The cycle finally rolled and stopped about 200 yards south of the Kirk-Cherry intersection and east of Kirk Road.
The motorcycle appeared to be moving at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash, the Sheriff's Office said.
The driver of the semi was not harmed but was shaken by the crash and death of the cyclist. The semi was parked north of the Kirk Road-Cherry Lane intersection after the crash.
The following agencies assisted with the crash response:
- Kane County Sheriff's Department
- Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team
- Geneva Fire Department
- Illinois State Police
- Geneva Police (traffic control)
- Batavia Police (traffic control)
The Kane County Sheriff's Office headed this crash investigation because the Kirk Road-Cherry Lane intersection is unincorporated, Gengler said.
The Kane County Sheriff's Office this Wednesday morning is investigating a fatal motorcycle vs. semi traffic crash on Kirk Road near Cherry Lane in Geneva, police said.
As of 7:30 a.m. today, Aug. 15, Kirk Road is closed between Rt. 38 and Fabyan Parkway. Please find an alternate route for your morning commute.
"This is a heavily traveled route ... any local detour routes will be heavily congested," the Sheriff's Office said in a brief message this morning.
Further details on the crash were not immediately available.
Patch will update this report when more information is released.