The coroner’s office has identified a 30-year-old Wauconda man who was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a traffic light near Wauconda Sunday morning.
A Monday autopsy showed that Jeffrey Thompson, 30, of Wauconda, died from multiple blunt force injuries as a result of a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. Toxicology results are pending.
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, Thompson, who was deceased.
A preliminary investigation shows that Thompson was traveling westbound on Route 176 at a high rate of speed, Covelli said.
As he approached the Fairfield Road intersection, Thompson lost control of the motorcycle, left the roadway and struck a traffic signal.
Thompson, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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.