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1 dead, 1 critically injured after motorcycle hits pickup truck in Waukegan

Washington Street and Jackson Street in Waukegan. | Photo: Google Street View.

One man is dead and another sustained severe injuries after a motorcycle ran a red light and struck a pickup truck in Waukegan early Sunday morning, police said.

The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 1:40 a.m. Sunday to the intersection of Washington Street and Jackson Street for a vehicle crash.

Investigators believe that a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Washington Street entering the intersection at Jackson Street.

The Suzuki struck a 2009 Ford pickup truck that was traveling northbound. Investigators believe the Suzuki ran the red light.

The motorcycle was occupied by a Waukegan man in his 20s and a North Chicago man in his 20s.

Both men were transported by ambulances to an area hospital with severe injuries. The North Chicago man died from his injuries at the hospital later on Sunday.

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The Ford was driven by a Waukegan woman in her 40s and her son, who is in his mid-teens, was in the passenger seat. Both of them were uninjured.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the North Chicago man Sunday afternoon. His identity is expected to be released soon.

Based on the severity of the crash, the Waukegan Police Department Traffic Division was called to investigate.

The driver of the Ford and the passenger were both wearing their seatbelts. They were released without any citations.

Investigators located motorcycle helmets at the scene but it is unknown if the riders were wearing them at the time of the crash.

Toxicology reports are pending on the motorcycle driver. The incident remains under investigation.


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