Deadly motorcycle accidents in Chicago area

May 24, 2009 9:23:46 PM PDT
Memorial Day weekend has proved to be deadly on Chicago area roads for motorcyclists. Three separate accidents have claimed the lives of five people riding motorcycles. Two people were killed and four others were injured after four motorcycles crashed in south suburban Oak Forest. ABC7 Chicago learned late Sunday that a third person died as a result of injuries following that multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 57.

State police say a biker was heading southbound on I-57 near 185th Street Saturday night. They say he entered an emergency turnaround to go back north when three other motorcycles, also heading north, crashed into him.

Michael Adams, 47, of Kankakee, and 34-year-old Sean Darke of Chicago's South Side were killed. Brianna Moore, 20, of Calumet City was a passenger on one of the motorcycles and died Sunday afternoon. Friends and family members are struggling with the loss.

"He was crazy about riding. He would jump out of his car and jump onto his bike and ride. He loved to ride. He was an experienced rider," said Ernest Wilson, Sean Darke's neighbor.

"He was a good dad. He taught me everything I know. He took care of all me and my brothers and sisters. I didn't want for nothing," said Michael Adam's son, also named Michael Adams.

Another biker was in critical condition and two were in stable condition Sunday.

The motorcycle rider who made the u-turn survived and received two tickets

Police say the drivers were wearing helmets, and speed was a contributing factor to the cause of the crash.

Saturday morning,


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