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Autopsy: Crystal Lake man killed in motorcycle crash died from blunt force injuries

Colton O'Grady (left) poses for a photo his father, Peter G. O'Grady, 63, of Crystal Lake. Peter G. O'Grady, 63, died from blunt force injuries to the brain, chest and extremities, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said in a news release.
Colton O'Grady (left) poses for a photo his father, Peter G. O'Grady, 63, of Crystal Lake. Peter G. O'Grady, 63, died from blunt force injuries to the brain, chest and extremities, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said in a news release.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Preliminary
autopsy results showed that a
63-year-old Crystal Lake man died from blunt force injuries after his motorcycle was struck by an SUV on Sunday.

The autopsy performed Tuesday showed that Peter G. O’Grady, 63, of Crystal Lake, died from blunt force injuries to the brain, chest and extremities, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said in a news release.

Crystal Lake police and fire rescue members responded about 8:50 p.m. Sunday to Virginia and Rakow roads for a report of a collision, according to a news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department.

When first responders arrived, they found that O’Grady, who had been riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, suffered life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle was struck by an SUV driven by a 17-year-old, according to the release.

O’Grady received treatment at the scene, and later was taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley, where he was pronounced dead at 9:59 p.m.

The Crystal Lake Police Department’s Accident Investigation Team has determined in a preliminary investigation that a 17-year-old Crystal Lake boy was driving a blue Ford Expedition south on Virginia Road when he turned left onto Rakow Road and struck the motorcycle in the intersection.

O’Grady’s son, Peter O’Grady, said his father was passionate about motorcycles.

“Obviously, that’s the way he went out, and probably how he wanted it,” he said.

The late Peter O’Grady was the founder of Porter’s Oyster Bar in Crystal Lake, which closed about 2006, his son said.

Police are investigating the incident.

The teen was not identified because he is a minor. Neither the driver nor any of his four passengers was injured.

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