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Road rage leads to fatal Illinois motorcycle accident

An Illinois motorcyclist is dead as a result of a road rage incident involving two other drivers. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred Wednesday, June 15 in Naperville. A 31 year-old man and a 16 year-old girl travelling in rush hour traffic going westbound in Ogden Avenue began arguing over who cut off whom. The two cars began to cut in front of each other repeatedly until they reached a spot between Fifth Avenue and Valley Drive, at which point the drivers stopped their vehicles and continues the argument.

All the parties returned to their cars and began to chase one another again. After driving less than a half-mile, the man decided to make a left turn onto River Road. As he did so, he struck a 63 year-old man driving a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the car attempted to flee the scene, but police caught up with him shortly after the incident. Police took the man to the hospital and a chemical test revealed that he had marijuana in his system. The driver faces a number of criminal charges, such as aggravated DUI, aggravated reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

In addition to any criminal penalties the driver pays, he may also face civil liability for the motorcyclist's death, should the motorcyclist's survivors choose to file suit. This accident shows how dangerous it can be when drivers let their emotions get out of control. Many drivers get aggravated by traffic, but it is important to let cooler heads prevail so that all drivers remain safe.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Road-rage jockeying in Naperville ends in death of uninvolved motorcyclist," Melissa Jenco, June 15, 2012.

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