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30-year-old man killed after high-speed motorcycle crash near Wauconda

A motorcycle crash at Route 176 and Fairfield Road near Wauconda left one man dead early Sunday morning, police said. | Photo: Google Street View.

A 30-year-old Wauconda man was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle while traveling at a high speed and crashed into a traffic light near Wauconda Sunday morning.

The Wauconda Fire District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 3:10 a.m. to the intersection of Route 176 and Fairfield Road in Fremont Township, which is between Wauconda and Mundelein.

A 911 caller reported that a motorcycle was down near the intersection, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a Yamaha motorcycle off the north side of the roadway.

After a brief search, they located the driver of the motorcycle, a 30-year-old Wauconda man, who was deceased.

A preliminary investigation shows the motorcycle driver was traveling westbound on Route 176 at a high rate of speed, Covelli said.

As he approached the Fairfield Road intersection, he lost control of the motorcycle, left the roadway and struck a traffic signal.

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The man, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded and an autopsy on the motorcycle operator is being scheduled.

Route 176 was closed for approximately three hours while crash investigators were on the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.