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McHenry man dies in Route 120 motorcycle crash

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:59 a.m. CDT
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McHENRY – A 24-year-old McHenry man died Friday night when his motorcycle collided with a truck and small trailer on Route 120 in McHenry, authorities said.

William C. Baehne, 24, from McHenry, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:36 p.m., according to a news release from McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski.

The collision occurred on Route 120 near Northside Avenue in McHenry. Police were called to the scene at 8:24 p.m., according to a news release from the McHenry Police Department.

Officers weren't yet providing details on the accident. Preliminary findings as to the cause of death will be available after forensic examination and toxicology are obtained on Monday, Majewski said.

At the scene, the blue Suzuki motorcycle laid on the left side of the eastbound Route 120 lanes. A red motorcycle was parked next to it, propped by its kickstand and seemingly unharmed.

The Chevrolet truck, which towed a small generator trailer, was parked on the right-side eastbound lane. The generator had turned over and was resting on its side.

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District provided treatment in the aftermath of the incident.

No other injuries were reported.

The crash is under investigation, but no arrests or citations have been issued at this point, the release said.

The Critical Accident Investigation Team – which includes members from the McHenry Police Department and the Spring Grove Police Department – was on scene to investigate.

Authorities had closed Route 120 in both directions. They were still on the scene as of about 9:45 p.m.

–Shawn Shinneman

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