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Lake County coroner identifies Fox River Grove motorcyclist who died in crash

Lake County Coroner’s Office: Man died of multiple traumatic injuries

Two people were sent to the hospital, one via Flight for Life helicopter, Tuesday afternoon after a motorcycle-versus-vehicle crash at Routes 14 and 22 in Fox River Grove, Police Chief Eric Waitrovich said. The motorcycle driver died on Wednesday, according to the Lake County Coroner's Office.
Two people were sent to the hospital, one via Flight for Life helicopter, Tuesday afternoon after a motorcycle-versus-vehicle crash at Routes 14 and 22 in Fox River Grove, Police Chief Eric Waitrovich said. The motorcycle driver died on Wednesday, according to the Lake County Coroner's Office.

Thomas Frueh was the type of person who always left the garage door open while working on his bike so he could chat with neighbors who were passing by, his widow, Sophie Frueh, said Monday.

Thomas Frueh, 56, of Fox River Grove died Wednesday afternoon after a June 18 crash, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

He died doing what he loved, Sophie Frueh said, adding that her husband had been riding motorcycles since he was 17 years old.

Sophie Frueh said her husband was heading back to work after stopping home for lunch when the crash happened.

Thomas Frueh knew the paramedics who took care of him through his work at Lake Barrington Woods, an independent and assisted living center, his wife said.

The family was very grateful that the paramedics kept him alive long enough so they could say goodbye, she said.

Thomas Frueh suffered multiple traumatic injuries in the crash, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said. Thomas Frueh died at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital.

Officers with the Fox River Grove Police Department responded at 1:20 p.m. June 18 to the 900 block of Route 22 for a reported crash with injuries, according to a news release.

A preliminary investigation found that a 20-year-old woman from Round Lake Park was pulling her Honda Accord out of a shopping area when she struck Thomas Frueh, who was riding his motorcycle west on Route 22, the release stated.

Fox River Grove police could not immediately be reached Monday to find out the condition of the Round Lake Park woman or if she was cited.

Thomas Frueh was a unique and loving spirit, according to his obituary. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2550 W. Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m.

For information about the service, visit the funeral home’s website or call 847-752-6444.

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