String of Midwest Motorcycle Accidents Kill One, Leave Another Injured

String of Midwest Motorcycle Accidents Kill One, Leave Another InjuredMotorcycle accidents in Illinois and Indiana this week have killed one person and critically injured another, causing property damage and traffic delays.

In Ashland, a 57-year-old man was killed when he was ejected from his bike and slammed into a light pole on Veterans Parkway on Monday, August 1, the State Journal-Register reports.

According to the news source, Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards stated that David W. Harris was traveling south on Veterans Parkway when he lost control of his bike and crashed into the curb. He was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m.

Police are unsure how Harris lost control of his vehicle, but a preliminary investigation states that roadway construction near the scene of the accident may have contributed to the crash. Alcohol does not appear to have been involved in that crash, but it is undetermined as to whether Harris was wearing a helmet.

"He was considerate, generous and had a great sense of humor," Tim Parsons-Heather, 57, a long-time friend of Harris', told the media outlet. "We were a small class, and David was the heart and life of our small rural school."

The county coroner's office is investigating the accident with the aid of the Illinois State Police Department, the news provider stated.

Another motorcyclist was critically injured in an accident on the Northwest side of Indianapolis, the Indy Star reports.

According to the news source, a 55-year-old man was injured when his motorcycle collided with an SUV at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, at the intersection of 56th Street and Georgetown Road.

The driver of the gold Toyota SUV, 70-year-old Donald Haskett, was traveling west on 56th Street when he made a left turn onto Georgetown Road in the same moment that Robin Smith, the motorcycle rider, crossed the intersection.

The Indiana Metropolitan Police Department conducted a preliminary investigation, which found that Smith most likely had the right of way, although as of now, no tickets have been issued to either motorist, the Star stated.

Smith was taken to Methodist hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The Illinois Department of Transportation states that there were 3,846 motorcycle crashes in 2009, resulting in the death of 124 people and 2,822 injuries, while Indiana saw a very similar number of crashes that same year, with 3,486 accidents resulting in 2,196 injuries, according to Indiana Traffic Safety