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Motorcyclist killed after crash with semi-truck in Waukegan

One person was killed after a motorcycle crash at Lewis Avenue and Sunset Avenue in Waukegan Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A 58-year-old man riding on a motorcycle was killed after a crash involving a semi-truck in Waukegan Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded around 2 p.m. Tuesday to Lewis Avenue and Sunset Avenue for a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

A 2012 Harley Davidson and a 2020 Freightliner semi-truck were both traveling northbound on Lewis Avenue between Golf Road and Sunset Avenue.

A witness reported that the semi-truck attempted to pull over to the right for a passing ambulance that was responding with its lights and sirens.

The semi-truck, driven by a Racine, Wisconsin man, reportedly did not see the motorcycle and struck it as the driver was pulling over.

One person was killed after a motorcycle crash at Lewis Avenue and Sunset Avenue in Waukegan Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

The rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from his motorcycle and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper identified the man as a 58-year-old Beach Park resident.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday. The man’s name will be released after his family has been notified.

Lewis Avenue was closed in both directions while investigators with the Waukegan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit conducted an investigation.

The driver of the semi-truck is cooperating with police and the incident will be reviewed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office following the investigation.

The roadway was reopened over six hours later by around 6:30 p.m., according to the Lake County Division of Transportation.


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