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Fatal motorcycle collision on Wentworth results in citations

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (November 16, 2021) – A November 8 collision between a sedan and a motorcycle that resulted in the death of a local man has resulted in citations for the driver of the sedan.

On Monday, November 8 at around 1:10 p.m., a 53-year-old Chicago woman was in her vehicle on eastbound 178th Street waiting to turn left onto northbound Wentworth Avenue, according to a crash report from the Lansing Police Department. The woman told Officer Dana Tatgenhorst that after checking both directions, she thought it was clear and began her turn onto northbound Wentworth.

A motorcyclist, a 36-year-old man from Thornton, collided with the sedan at a high rate of speed while traveling southbound on Wentworth, said the report. A witness of the crash said the impact ejected the man off of his motorcycle. The motorcycle continued roughly another 100 feet before it came to rest along the curb of southbound Wentworth.

The witness, who was traveling behind the motorcycle on southbound Wentworth, said she saw the motorcyclist accelerate to pass a vehicle before the road merged from two lanes into one.

Lansing paramedics transported the man to Munster Community Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. No injuries were reported by the woman driving the car, or any of its occupants.

The Lansing Police Department Detective Unit as well as the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team was activated to the scene.

LPD Detective Lieutenant Scott Bailey said the investigation is nearing its conclusion, and citations have been issued. No criminal charges have been brought against the driver.

The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 170th Street.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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