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Illinois State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Interstate 90

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Press Release Date: April 6, 2012    || Archived February 11, 2013

Law Enforcement Officials Urge Motorcycle Riders to Ride Safely & Use Precaution          

COOK, COUNTY - Illinois State Police District Chicago troopers responded to a 2-unit motorcycle crash that occurred late Thursday evening, at approximately 11:38 p.m., on I-90 northbound in the area of Canfield. 

Preliminary investigative details revealed that Thomas Winkelman, 43, of Chicago, the driver of a black 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and Kevin Kniskern, 22, of Mundelein, the driver of a black 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle were both traveling on I-90 northbound at Canfield when the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, for unknown reasons,  lost control and tipped over.  The Kawasaki motorcycle then struck the Harley-Davidson before crashing.

Kniskern was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious, but stable condition.  Winkelman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol was not a factor and it is unknown at this time if speeding was involved.  Winkelman was not wearing a helmet and it is unknown at this time if Kniskern was wearing a helmet

Illinois State Police are urging the motoring public to use precaution when driving motorcycles, and driving near motorcycles.   Motorcycle riders represent 16% of total fatalities and are especially vulnerable since they have limited protection.

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