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Motorcyclist killed in Kirk Road crash

The intersectiKirk Cherry lane where fatal crash between motorcycle semi-truck occured Wednesday August 15 2012. Investigators said truck was turning

The intersection of Kirk and Cherry lane where a fatal crash between a motorcycle and a semi-truck occured on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Investigators said the truck was turning northbound onto Kirk while the motorcycle, traveling south on Kirk, was unable to stop and struck the Semi. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead on the scene. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 17, 2012 12:53PM

A motorcyclist from Elgin was killed when he collided with a semitrailer on Kirk Road in Geneva Wednesday morning.

The cyclist was identified as Eric Mondragon, 27, of the 400 block of Douglas Avenue in Elgin.

Police said the crash occurred about 7 a.m. on Kirk Road at Cherry Lane, near the Kane County Cougars ballpark. A Freightliner truck driven by Thomas Jinsky Jr., 50, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., had a green light and was turning left from the entrance to the Fifth Third Bank Stadium onto Kirk Road when Mondragon’s southbound Suzuki GSX motorcycle failed to stop and struck the side of the trailer, according to reports.

The motorcycle had been traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash, witnesses reported. Mondragon was thrown from the motorcycle and the motorcycle itself continued about 200 yards past the intersection before it stopped, police said.

Mondragon, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was the sole occupant of the truck and was not injured.

Kirk Road was closed for about 3-1/2 hours while the crash was investigated.

“It does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in this crash, however, excessive speed does appear to have been a factor,” said sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler.

Gengler said no tickets were issued.

The Geneva Fire Department also responded to the crash. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team, Geneva and Batavia police and Kane County Office of Emergency Management at the scene.

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