CARY – A Cary man died after he was ejected from his motorcycle in an overnight crash near Lake County, police and fire officials said.
Police said he was from Fox River Grove, but he most recently lived in Cary.
Emergency crews were called at 12:11 a.m. to the intersection of Fox River Road and Woodland Avenue for a motorcycle crash that involved injuries. Upon arrival, responders found the victim off the road in a field.
Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said a preliminary investigation showed that a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east on Fox River Road when it left the pavement, entered a ditch on the south side of the road and struck a utility pole. The rider was ejected. Covelli said it still is unclear why the motorcycle left the road.
The man, who was wearing a helmet, was in critical condition at the scene. He was treated and taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, where he later was pronounced dead, Covelli said.
According to a news release, a Flight for Life helicopter was placed on standby before members of the Cary Fire Protection District arrived at the scene, but the man did not fit the criteria necessary to be flown.
Covelli said the man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his family, and an autopsy was to be performed Wednesday by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit continues to investigate the incident. The Cary Police Department also assisted at the scene.
“CFPD would like to remind everyone that safety is everyone’s responsibility,” Cary Fire Lt. Michael Douglass said in a statement. “When participating in summer activities, please wear appropriate protective equipment, whether riding a bicycle, a motorcycle or a scooter.”