The coroner has identified a 60-year-old man, who was a McHenry County Division of Transportation worker, that died in a motorcycle crash involving an SUV near Marengo Saturday.
An autopsy performed Monday on Kevin Winter, 60, of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, showed he died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest, according to McHenry County Coroner Dr. Michael Rein.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Marengo Fire and Rescue Districts responded around 4:22 p.m. Saturday to Kishwaukee Valley Road and Menge Road in unincorporated Marengo for a two-vehicle crash with injuries.
A preliminary investigation shows a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero, driven by a 38-year-old Woodstock woman, was traveling eastbound on Kishwaukee Valley Road.
A 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Winter, was traveling westbound on Kishwaukee Valley Road.
The Harley Davidson turned southbound towards Deerpass Road in front of the Mitsubishi, according to the sheriff’s office.
The two vehicles collided in the eastbound lane of traffic.
Winter and a 52-year-old Woodstock woman, who was a passenger, were both thrown from the motorcycle.
Winter was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
A LifeNet medical helicopter landed at the scene and flew the 52-year-old woman to Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside in Rockford.
Marengo Fire and Rescue Districts Communication Specialist Alex Vucha said she had life-threatening injuries. The sheriff’s office said the woman is currently in critical condition.
The driver of the Mitsubishi and two children who were in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley with minor injuries.
Kishwaukee Valley Road between Hiawatha Lane and Route 23 was shut down for approximately four and a half hours for an investigation, the sheriff’s office said.
The McHenry County Division of Transportation said Monday they were mourning Winter’s death.
Winter was a maintenance worker for the Division of Transportation, officials said.
“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Rest in peace, Kevin. Your memory will forever be cherished,” the department said.
A GoFundMe created by Winter’s daughter, Ashlee Lorenzo, has already raised nearly $11,000 for his funeral and memorial expenses.
Lorenzo said her father was “always happy, always had a smile on his face.” Winter leaves behind four daughters, grandchildren, his girlfriend and many other family members and friends.
Lorenzo said her father “will be missed so much.” Winter’s girlfriend was the passenger on his motorcycle during the crash, Lorenzo added.
The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.