A 74-year-old man died after a motorcycle crash Sunday evening in Fox Lake despite Good Samaritans performing CPR on the man in an attempt to save him, police said.
The Fox Lake Fire Protection District and Fox Lake Police Department responded around 5:10 p.m. Sunday to Route 134 and Oakside Avenue in Fox Lake for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.
Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee told Lake and McHenry County Scanner the crash involved a single vehicle — a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The driver, a 74-year-old Round Lake Beach man, was driving the motorcycle eastbound on Route 134.
The motorcycle traveled onto the gravel shoulder and the driver attempted to drive back onto the roadway, Lee said, adding “[They] were enjoying a nice ride sightseeing” when the crash occurred.
The motorcycle ended up traveling off the shoulder into the ditch. The 74-year-old driver sustained critical injuries.
Lee said that Good Samaritans who witnessed the crash rushed over to the motorcycle and performed CPR on the man.
Paramedics transported the male driver to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Investigators believe the crash was operator error and there is no indication of alcohol being a contributing factor, Lee said. A passenger on the motorcycle survived with minor injuries.
The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was called to assist the Fox Lake Police Department in the investigation.
Route 134 was closed for several hours Sunday evening while investigators worked at the scene.