Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt in Crash with Car at Central Rd and Cleveland Ave Arlington Heights

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Police, firefighters and paramedics from Mount Prospect responded about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022 to a report of a motorcycle crash at Central Road and Audrey Lane in Mount Prospect. A motorcyclist and his motorcycle were down on the south side of Central Road about 100 feet west-southwest of the location where the car involved in the crash came to a stop. The motorcycle and rider traveled another 100 feet after impact. The motorcyclist’s helmet was located a few feet from the motorcycle. From the looks of the motorcycle helmet, it appeared that the rider was wearing his helmet during the crash.




The first paramedic crew on arrival discovered their patient seriously injured. Both crews from Mount Prospect Fire Department – a paramedic rescue ambulance crew and a fire engine crew serving as EMS support — were involved in transportation of their patient to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The engine crew left their fire engine behind at the scene, and other personnel quickly arrived to keep the fire engine secure, and return it to the fire station.

Arlington Heights police also responded to the scene to assist with traffic control, and police determined that the crash occurred at Central Road and Cleveland Avenue in Arlington Heights. With the jurisdiction then determined to be Arlington Heights, police officers from Arlington Heights began their investigation, and requested Major Case Assistance Team — Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction unit (MCAT-STAR) to assist at the scene. The crash investigation continued past midnight, and Central Road was closed in both directions between Arthur Avenue and Audrey Lane.




The Speed Limit on Central Road is 40 MPH, according to Google Maps Street View images captured November 2018. Speed may have been a factor in the crash as the motorcycle traveled an additional 100 feet after impact, and the front of the Chevy Impala passenger vehicle was severely damage with the hood ripped off from the impact with the motorcycle. The motorcyclist missed or grazed a wood utility pole and a white and orange utility marker post that are located on the south side parkway of Central Road. It is unknown at what point after impact that the motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcyle.

The driver of the Chevy Impala may have been southbound on Cleveland Avenue and turning left toward eastbound Central Road when the crash occurred. Cleveland Avenue southbound traffic is controlled by a Stop Sign at Central Road. Northbound Hatlen Avenue in Mount Prospect is controlled by a Stop Sign at Central Road.

Other Mount Prospect firefighter and paramedic crews were dispatched about 5:13 p.m. to a fatal train vs. pedestrian incident involving a Metra train near the Metra station and near Northwest Highway and Emerson Street in downtown Mount Prospect — just two minutes before the motorcycle crash. Light rain, heavy rain and thunderstorms were in the area at the time of both incidents. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued at 4:55 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued about 5:30 a.m. including Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect.

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Crash investigators near the end of on-scene data collection at an extended crash investigation at Central Road and Cleveland Avenue in Arlington Heights Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Crash investigators near the end of on-scene data collection at an extended crash investigation at Central Road and Cleveland Avenue in Arlington Heights Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

The information in this article is an early report published before any complete summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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