A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
On October 9th, 2011 at 7:19PM police responded to the intersection of US Rt.14 and US Rt.31, the scene of a reported traffic crash involving a motorcyclist.
Upon arrival, emergency responders determined that a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle, operated by Russell W. Janca (23) of Alden, IL reportedly lost control while traveling on the northbound ramp to US Rt.14 from US Rt.31.
The motorcycle impacted the center median and became airborne, striking a 2002 Honda Accord.
The Accord, occupied by Alexander Manoshin (30) of Glenview, IL was stopped in traffic for a red signal at westbound US Rt.14 and Rt.31, when the motorcycle came to rest in the westbound lane of US Rt.14.
Traffic crash investigators were called to the scene and interviewed witnesses whose statements suggested that Janca was operating the motorcycle in a reckless manner while traveling at a high rate of speed prior to losing control of the motorcycle.
Witnesses further indicated that Janca appeared to fall off the motorcycle as he lost control and impacted the raised curb of the center median, sustaining severe trauma to his head.
Janca was not wearing a helmet. Russell Janca was pronounced dead on scene.
No other injuries were reported by any of the other parties present at the scene.
Traffic was diverted past the collision by Crystal Lake Police for approximately 3 ½ hours, until the accident investigation was completed, the motorcycle was removed and the roadway was cleared.
This incident remains under investigation by Accident Investigators of the Crystal Lake Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit.