47°FOvercastFull Forecast

Victim of fatal Lake in the Hills crash identified

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 11:37 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 12:54 p.m. CST

A Crystal Lake man who died early Saturday in a motorcycle crash on Rakow Road has been identified as Justin J. Blanco-Klein, according to the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

On a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle, Blanco-Klein, 25, was traveling eastbound on Rakow Road, west of Pingree Road, according to a news release from the Lake in the Hills Police. The motorcycle rear-ended a 1998 Mercedes driven by Joel Avita, that also was traveling eastbound on Rakow. A collision ensued and the motorcycle rider was ejected.

The Lake in the Hills Police Department was notified at 3:40 a.m., and the Crystal Lake Fire Department and Flight for Life responded and tended to Blanco-Klein. He was transported to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, where he later died.

Rakow Road was closed for about four hours. The accident remains under investigation.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Reader Poll

Which would you be more inclined to do for charity?
Shave my head
Jump into icy water