Suburban Chicago motorcyle accident claims life on Thanksgiving weekend

A 29-year-old Aurora man died in a Thanksgiving holiday Chicago motorcycle accident.

The man was killed Saturday afternoon when his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle collided with a Chevy crossover vehicle on Sullivan Road, The Beacon-News reported.

The 28-year-old Chicago driver was charged with failure to yield while exiting a private drive, Aurora police reported. He was turning east onto Sullivan Road from the entrance of the Hindu temple, according to authorities.

The motorcycle rider was apparently wearing a helmet that dislodged during the accident and appeared to have died on impact when his motorcycle collided with the crossover vehicle’s front driver’s side.

Police are investigating the speed of the motorcycle, The Beacon-News reported. The fatal accident closed Sullivan Road between Elmwood Drive and Randall Road for more than two hours.

Last year, 5,387 motorcycle riders were killed and more than 90,000 injured in motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than two-thirds of the 2,562 vehicle-involved motorcycle fatalities occurred in such frontal crashes.

In Illinois last year, 133 riders were killed on motorcycles, compared to 445 in cars and 277 in light trucks.

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