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A 66-year-old man remains hospitalized in critical condition after he was ejected during a motorcycle crash near Richmond and authorities say alcohol was possibly a factor.

The Richmond Township Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:57 p.m. Friday to the 7900 block of Tryon Grove Road in unincorporated Richmond.

The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows a 66-year-old Johnsburg man was driving his 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Tryon Grove Road.

The man failed to navigate the curve in the roadway for unknown reasons.

His motorcycle traveled onto the eastbound shoulder after losing control and crashed, the sheriff’s office said.

The 66-year-old man was the sole occupant on the motorcycle and was ejected from the motorcycle.

First responders found the man lying unconscious approximately 50 feet from the motorcycle. He sustained critical injuries.

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The sheriff’s office said the victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Mercyhealth MD-1, an emergency room physician, was unavailable to respond and the closest available helicopter was nearly 40 minutes away, fire officials said.

Paramedics made the decision to transport the victim by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.

The man was later flown by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in critical condition.

The Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District and Wonder Lake Fire Protection District assisted at the scene.

Deputies shut down Tryon Grove Road between Keystone Road and Barnard Mill Road for several hours during the investigation.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit.