Even when riders choose to wear helmets, motorcyclists remain vulnerable. Without the protection specially designed car bodies offer to motorists, motorcyclists who are involved in crashes often suffer catastrophic injuries or worse. Two people recently lost their lives in a motorcycle accident just west of Illinois City.
A preliminary accident report states that a man and his girlfriend, ages 42 and 37 respectively, were westbound on a motorcycle when an eastbound driver of a car allegedly crossed into their traffic lane. In the head-on collision that followed, they were apparently both thrown clear of the motorcycle. A coroner reported that initial results from the autopsies indicated that their deaths were caused by multiple traumatic injuries.