The coroner’s office has identified a 31-year-old motorcyclist who was killed in a high-speed crash involving an SUV that led to him before run over by a semi-truck on Route 41 near Lake Bluff.
An autopsy showed that Brandon Lipe, 31, of Great Lakes, died as a result of blunt force injuries from a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Newton.
The Lake Forest Fire Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1 p.m. Tuesday to Route 41 north of Route 176 in unincorporated Lake Bluff for a motorcycle crash with injuries.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a motorcyclist deceased at the scene, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
A preliminary investigation shows a Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Lipe, was traveling northbound on Route 41.
Traffic in front of the motorcycle began to slow and Lipe was unable to slow down in time.
The motorcycle struck the rear of a Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 40-year-old Lake Bluff woman.
The impact caused Lipe to be thrown forward from the motorcycle.
Lipe slid underneath a trailer being pulled by a Peterbilt Semi, driven by a 59-year-old Mundelein man.
The Peterbilt was traveling in front of the Chevrolet and Lipe was run over by the wheels of the trailer.
The drivers of the Chevrolet and Peterbilt were uninjured.
Witnesses reported Lipe was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash, Covelli said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and conducted an autopsy on Wednesday.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Team.