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Motorcyclist dies after crash involving car in Fox River Grove, family says

A motorcyclist died Wednesday after a crash with another vehicle at Route 14 and Route 22 in Fox River Grove on Tuesday | Photo by Alex Vucha.

The 56-year-old motorcyclist who was critically injured Tuesday after a crash in Fox River Grove has died in the hospital, according to a family member and the coroner.

The Fox River Grove Police Department and Fox River Grove Fire Department responded around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday to Route 22 and Route 14 for a motorcycle crash.

The crash, which happened east of Route 14 on Route 22 near Ski Hill Road, was called in by a passing Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District ambulance. Paramedics from the passing ambulance stopped and began working CPR on the 56-year-old man driving the motorcycle.

A Flight For Life medical helicopter was called and landed nearby at the Algonquin Road Elementary School. The motorcyclist was stabilized and transferred to the waiting helicopter, which transported the man to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

A motorcyclist died Wednesday after a crash with another vehicle at Route 14 and Route 22 in Fox River Grove on Tuesday | Photo by Alex Vucha.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the motorcyclist suffered critical injuries and was in extremely critical condition Tuesday evening.

The man, identified by family as Thomas Frueh, was in a coma and died Wednesday, according to a relative of the man.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper confirmed his office was responding to Advocate Condell Medical Center Wednesday evening.

Fox River Grove Police Chief Eric Waitrovich said that a 20-year-old woman driving the sedan that struck the motorcycle was transported by ambulance to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington with non-life-threatening injuries.

Waitrovich said that the 20-year-old woman was exiting a parking lot onto Route 22 when her car struck Frueh as he was traveling westbound on his motorcycle.

Covelli said that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist the Fox River Grove Police Department with technical crash investigation support. Route 22 from Route 14 to Ski Hill Road was closed for the investigation for several hours Tuesday.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Fox River Grove Police Department.


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