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Motorcyclist, 19, in critical condition after collision with semi

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – A 19-year-old man remained in critical condition Sunday after the motorcycle he was riding Saturday collided with a semi-truck, officials said.

Emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle accident at about 5:18 p.m. Saturday in the 3900 block of U.S. Route 12 in Richmond Township, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

The motorcyclist, Kyle A. Marriner, was thrown from the 2013 Yamaha F28-N sports motorcycle after striking a 2011 Freightliner truck, pulling a loaded 53-foot van trailer.

The truck was headed east and the motorcycle was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane at the time of the collision, according to a preliminary investigation.

Marriner of Burlington, Wis., was flown by Flight for Life to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he remains in critical condition, the news release Sunday morning said. Marriner had been wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The 51-year-old truck driver, Edward L. Lechner of Watertown, Wis., was treated and released at the scene. He had been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to police.

“Excessive speed by the motorcycle is suspected as having played a role in the crash,” the news release said.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

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