Motorcyclist killed in collision near Douglas-Piatt county line identified

ATWOOD — The Douglas County state’s attorney said Friday he anticipates filing felony charges against a Decatur man in connection with the death of a Douglas County man in an alcohol-related crash Thursday night.

Illinois State Police said Harold “Tony” Adamson, 47, of Atwood, was killed after being thrown from the JMStar motorized scooter he was riding on U.S. 36 just south of Atwood.

Edgar M. Maza, 29, of Decatur, was identified as the driver of the sport utility vehicle who allegedly hit Mr. Adamson from behind.

Police said both men were headed east at 11:52 p.m. on U.S. 36 just east of the Arthur Road when the SUV hit the scooter. It ran off the road, throwing Mr. Adamson. The SUV then continued on, ran off the road, and overturned.

The accident happened near the county line between Piatt and Douglas counties.
Police explained that Mr. Adamson’s body came to rest in Piatt County, where he was pronounced dead, while Maza’s SUV continued into Douglas County so he was arrested there. Police said Maza was not injured.

He was issued tickets for driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, illegal transportation of alcohol, following too closely and not have a valid driver’s license. He remained in the Douglas County Jail in Tuscola Friday in lieu of $250,000 bond

Douglas County State’s Attorney Kevin Nolan said he would likely file aggravated driving under the influence charges against Maza in a few days.

The crash remains under investigation by state police.

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