Man dies from motorcycle crash injuries

KANSAS — A man hurt in a June 1 motorcycle crash near Kansas, Ill., has died from his injuries.

Jeffrey R. Slayden, 48, was pronounced dead at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, according to the Champaign County coroner's office.

State police said Mr. Slayden was driving a motorcycle south on Illinois 49 south of 800 N Road, about 2 miles north of Kansas in Edgar County, at 2:37 p.m. June 1 when his motorcycle left the road and overturned. He was thrown from the vehicle.

Mr. Slayden was ticketed for DUI, operating an uninsured vehicle, no registration and improper lane usage. State police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The coroner's office listed Mr. Sladen as a Kansas resident, though court records show he had also lived in Paris.

The death is being investigated by the coroner's office and Illinois State Police District 10.

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jdmac44 wrote on June 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

"Boy, if he didn't learn his lesson from his critical injuries, he sure will once he sees these citations that we've issued him!"

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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Maybe they will show up at his funeral to remind his family to pay his tickets.

Danno wrote on June 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

Gosh; legally, here in Champaign Co., they might be able to do that. Nationwide, it probably occurs often; we just never hear of the outcome(s). That is, to put a Lein on his property/possesions/estate. During his required Probationary period, I guess there would be a Proxy to report to the probation officer. Huh.

use er name wrote on June 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

I doubt it as far as the citations go.

   The amount on a ticket is a State Court pre-approved bond amount. Basically in "paying" a ticket, you pay the bond amount and in doing so you also agree to plead guilty, paying the bond amount as sentence for the offense. The actual penalty if a finding of guilty occurs as the result of a trial, may be more or less, and court costs may also be tacked on.

   However, no indebtedness occurs simply by the  arrest (and release, with notice to appear); that is, the ticket(s) be given to the defendant/arrestee. The State would be hard pressed to try to convict a dead man. And, in that no conviction can occur, no sentence or fine could be imposed upon the decedent.

   That being said, a claim against the estate of the decedent, for an actual loss suffered by the State,other jurisditction, or entity (in providing, care, rescue, etc), could be made.

bslayden wrote on July 03, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Just to let you know that the family which consists of his 10 year old son will not have to pay the fines.  They died when he died.

use er name wrote on June 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

"He was thrown from the vehicle." Wow. Really?? If only he had used his motorcyle's seatbelt! 

use er name wrote on June 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

While "driving" his motorcycle.

LocalTownie wrote on June 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

Shame on those who are making snarky comments on this story.

Prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Slayden. I hope someone will read this story and not make the same tragic mistakes.

use er name wrote on June 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

   Shame on those bringing shame to those making snarky comments on this story. your turn...


ps:Thank you for your contribution to this discussion on this story.  The guy's dead, here we comment on the story-the "tragic mistakes" of the authors.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 24, 2013 at 1:06 am
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Maybe we should just give LocalTownie a big hug to help heal his/her hurt feelings.  Poor baby.........

bslayden wrote on July 03, 2013 at 12:07 pm

As the ex-wife of Mr. Slayden and the mother of his 10 year old son all I can say is that I hope that this never happens to you.