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Authorities identify North Chicago man who died after motorcycle collided with truck in Waukegan

Sergio Gomez-Zuniga, 20, of North Chicago, died on August 30 in a motorcycle crash near Washington Street and Jackson Street in Waukegan. | Photos via Facebook (Paisanos Unidos).

The coroner has identified a 20-year-old man who died after a motorcycle he was on ran a red light and struck a pickup truck in Waukegan last weekend.

An autopsy showed that Sergio Gomez-Zuniga, 20, of North Chicago, died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 1:40 a.m. August 30 to the intersection of Washington Street and Jackson Street for a vehicle crash.

Investigators said 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 Gomez-Zuniga.

Both men were transported by ambulances to an area hospital with severe injuries. Gomez-Zuniga 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.

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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