Motorcylist seriously injured in north Champaign collision

Motorcylist seriously injured in north Champaign collision

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a car in north Champaign Wednesday evening.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said officers were sent to the intersection of Interstate Drive and Boardwalk Avenue, which is west of North Prospect Avenue, at 6 p.m.

They found a heavily damaged Suzuki motorcycle in the middle of the intersection and its gravely injured driver being attended to by passersby. Debris from the motorcycle was scattered about the intersection.

The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Thomas R. Burk, 27, of Champaign. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment of his injuries but the hospital was not releasing any information on him Thursday.

An officer learned that a car had apparently run a stop sign and collided with Burk.  
The driver of the car, Donald L. Noonan, 82, of Cissna Park, was not injured but his car was damaged.

Noonan had a 54-year-old man from Foosland and a 78-year-old woman from Cissna Park with him. Dunn did not release their names. They were not injured.

After interviewing witnesses and reconstructing the accident scene, police ticketed Noonan for disobeying a stop sign.

Dunn said there was nothing to suggest that alcohol played a role in the accident.

Interstate Drive was closed for several hours after the accident.

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787 wrote on December 05, 2013 at 1:12 pm

First, an 80 plus decides that the Subway at Old Farm needs a drive through.

Now, an 80 plus does his best to try and kill a motorcyclist.

Is our 80 plus Secretary of State doing his job?  Ahhh yes.  He's running for re-election as well.

IrregularReader wrote on December 05, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I was out last night and drove to the scene shortly after the collision. The people who stopped to help were amazing. One man stood in the center of the intersection with a flashlight to direct traffic. Many others huddled around the motorcylist to help. 

It must have been an awful collision because the motorcycle was so badly mangled, I didn't know what it was at first.

Bless the people who stopped to help before police and ambulance arrived. And bless the driver who was injured.