Police say an 87-year-old man, who remains hospitalized, will be cited after he crashed his motorcycle while allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, leaving him seriously injured in Algonquin last weekend.
The Algonquin Police Department and Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded around 3:45 p.m. on October 23 to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Route 31 just south of Algonquin Road.
Algonquin Police Department Sergeant Jason Burzynski said a witness reported a black 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle was stopped at a red light at Route 31 and South Main Street.
When the light turned green, the driver looked back at the witness before accelerating northbound at a high rate of speed in the outside lane.
The witness reported the motorcycle made a lane change to the inside lane of traffic and continued straight, Burzynski said.
The motorcycle struck the center median and entered the southbound lane of traffic.
The motorcycle then entered a grassy area, causing the driver to be thrown from the motorcycle, Burzynski said.
The motorcycle and driver slid on the grass down an embankment where both came to rest at the bottom of the embankment adjacent to the bridge overpass.
The north and southbound lanes of Route 31 were shut down for a short period of time for a crash investigation.
A medical helicopter was requested to the scene but was unavailable.
The 87-year-old man was transported from the scene by ambulance to a local hospital.
He was listed in serious condition, Burzynski said. The man remains hospitalized as of Saturday morning.
No other vehicles were involved besides the motorcycle.
Burzynski said citations will be issued against the driver.
The incident remains under investigation by the Algonquin Police Department.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Algonquin Police Department at 847-658-5431.