UPDATE: Driver in fatal I-74 motorcycle crash identified

UPDATE: Driver in fatal I-74 motorcycle crash identified

Update: 11:06 a.m.

DANVILLE — The victim of Tuesday’s fatal motorcycle accident on Interstate 74 near Fithian has been identified.

Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said Francis P. Maher, 68, of Moweaqua, was killed in the crash.

An autopsy was scheduled for this morning.

Illinois State Police said the driver lost control of his motorcycle about 3:43 p.m. while eastbound on I-74, according to preliminary investigations. The motorcycle then left the road, went into the grass median and struck the median wires, ejecting the driver.

The driver wasn’t wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Vermilion County coroner, state police said.

The Illinois State Police and the Vermilion County Coroner’s office continue to investigate.

 

Update: 5:40 p.m.:

A 68-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 74, state police said.

The driver, who hasn't been identified, lost control of his motorcycle about 3:43 p.m. while eastbound on I-74 near Fithian, according to preliminary investigations. The motorcycle then left the roadway into the grass median, striking the median wires and ejecting the driver.

The driver wasn't wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Vermilion County Coroner, state police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Update 5:20 p.m.:

Eastbound lanes on I-74 are back open after a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon near Fithian, state police said.

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Update 4:20 p.m.:

Traffic is backed up for several miles, state police said, as the passing lane is blocked and traffic is moving slowly in the right lane. The passing lane may be closed for at least an hour or more.

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Original article:

Illinois State Police and emergency rescue personnel are at the scene of a motorcycle crash with injuries on Interstate 74 eastbound at milepost 200 (Illinois 49/Rankin and Fithian exit).

Motorists are being asked to use caution and expect delays.

 

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MRS. D wrote on September 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm

Imagine being the next of kin reading this headline. Is it necessary to be so crass? How about: "Fatality confirmed on I74 crash." Or "Motorcyclist perishes in I74 crash."  

Milanus wrote on September 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Not wearing a helmet. People, please wear proper gear. You've spent the money on the bike, spend the money to protect your brain, your skin, your bones. There is a reason motorcycle racers can often walk away from crashes, when they slide along the tarmac. Wear a full face helmet, armored jacket, Kevlar jeans or leather pants built for the purpose, proper gloves. You may ache from a crash, but you'll really increase your chances of seeing your loved ones again if something does happen.