Man Sent to Hospital After 2nd Motorcycle Crash in 36 Hours

A motorcycle and a small car collided on Route 31 near downtown Batavia, witnesses said. This is the second motorcycle crash in two days for the area.

One man was transported to a hospital after a motorcycle vs. car crash Thursday near downtown Batavia, police and witnesses said.

This is the second motorcycle crash for the Geneva-Batavia area over a 36-hour period.  At 7 a.m. on Wednesday, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a  in Geneva Township.

The Thursday crash occurred at about 7 p.m. in the 100 block of North Batavia Avenue (Route 31) in Batavia. Patrol officers and the responded to an initial call for a crash with injuries, according to .

A narrative of the crash was not available Thursday night from officials. Ray Marchand heard the crash impact from inside his home on Route 31.

“It sounded like a recycling bin spilling across the road,” Marchand told Batavia Patch. “I was watching TV and thought, ‘That didn’t sound normal.’ I went to look out the window, and I saw (the male motorcycle driver) stand up and then lay down.”

Batavia police and fire arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, Marchand said.

Marchand said a police officer at the scene told him that the man was transported as a precaution but he otherwise appeared fine.

The man’s motorcycle was towed away. Marchand said the female driver of the car in the crash was able to drive away after the scene was cleared by police.

The northbound lanes of Route 31 in Batavia were closed starting at the 100 block for about 35 minutes while emergency responders tended to the crash.

Officials could not be reached Thursday evening for further details on the crash. Batavia police and fire crews were on the scene of other calls throughout the night.

More Motorcycle Crashes

In the Wednesday crash,  was pronounced deceased at the scene. His motorcycle traveled at a high rate of speed into the side of the semi’s trailer as the semi was turning from Cherry onto Kirk with a green traffic light, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

Mondragon was 27 years old.

Max August 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Do the providers of Patch photos/videos have legitimate press credentials, and professional photo experience? So far what we generally see are boring repetitive long telephoto images, apparently from hundreds of yards away, that inspire little interest. They could just as well have been provided by any high-school age photography enthusiast who just happened to walk by. A few well-written words are worth a thousand Patch photos.
Bob Loblaw August 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
After last year's dam incident where the Patch grossly violated journalistic ethics and standards of basic human decency with close-ups of the victims and emergency service attempts to resuscitate them, I'd prefer they didn't go poking around accident scenes.
Max August 19, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Well then, as it is they are getting nothing right.


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