Identity Released: Lake Villa Motorcyclist Dies in Crash with Hyundai SUV Near Independence Grove Dog Park on Route 21, Unincorporated Libertyville

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Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and firefighters and paramedics from Libertyville Fire Department responded about 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2023, to a report a car vs. motorcycle crash on Route 21 south of Casey Road, unincorporated Libertyville. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies upon arrival discovered a male motorcyclist that was critically injured.

The motorcycle collided with the Hyundai, which caused the motorcycle to strike a curb and eject the motorcyclist into a guardrail. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the Hyundai was uninjured.

Preliminary investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office indicates that a BWM motorcycle, driven by a 49-year-old man of Lake Villa, was traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The motorcycle collided with a Hyundai SUV, driven by a 68-year-old woman, who was turning left from the Independence Grove Dog Park onto southbound Route 21.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified.

The deceased has been identified as 49-year-old William Matthies, of Lake Villa. On Wednesday morning, September 6, 2023, an autopsy was conducted at the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary results of the autopsy indicate thatino Mr. Matthies died from blunt force injuries as a result of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.



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