Three Vehicle Satuday Night Crash at Route 31 and Crystal Lake Avenue Sends Female Motorcycle Passenger to Hospital by Helicopter

From the McHenry Countuy Sheriff’s Department:


A 36 year-old McHenry woman is in serious condition following a three-vehicle crash in unincorporated Crystal Lake on Saturday evening.

On September 11, 2021, at 9:31 p.m., members of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Crystal Lake Police Department, Oakwood Hills Police Department, and Crystal Lake Fire Department responded to Route 31 and Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake for a crash involving a car and two motorcycles.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2011 Ford Fusion, traveling northbound on Route 31, was slowing down in traffic when a 2005 Harley Davidson struck the rear of the vehicle.

The male driver and female passenger were ejected from the motorcycle.

Another motorcycle, a 2003 Yamaha VStar, who was following behind the Harley Davidson, attempted to avoid the crash by laying his motorcycle down.

The driver of the Yamaha was ejected, and the motorcycle then struck the female passenger who was laying in the roadway.

The drivers of both motorcycles were transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in McHenry and later released with minor injuries.

The passenger of the Harley Davidson was transported to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville via helicopter where she remains in serious condition.

The driver of the Ford was treated and released on scene.

The operator and passenger of the motorcycles were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

The airbags did not deploy in the Ford.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit. Vehicle:


  • 2011 Ford Fusion Driver, 35 year-old McHenry woman
  • 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle Driver: 38 year-old McHenry man
    Passenger: 36 year-old McHenry woman
  • 2003 Yamaha VStar motorcycle Driver: 32 year-old Trevor, WI man-


Three Vehicle Satuday Night Crash at Route 31 and Crystal Lake Avenue Sends Female Motorcycle Passenger to Hospital by Helicopter — 7 Comments

  1. Worst intersection around when it comes to ill timed yellow lights—

    most folks run them on 31 and they are going very very fast when they do–

    god help anyone trying to get across legally from crystal lake ave when they change…

    gotta stop and wait and look.

    Assume nothing at that intersection.

  2. Wire is right.

    That intersection is terrible.

    Why can’t he lights be calibrated as they are in Europe?

  3. I ride and have been for over 25 years.

    Have your head on a swivel at all times.

    How the hell do you rear end a stopped or slowing vehicle is beyond comprehension.

    You are on 2 wheels with no cage around you and you are not paying attention?

    I can go on but I will not.

    I hope the injured recover.

  4. @JT, I read from someone who witnessed it that the car changed lanes in front of the bikes and abruptly stopped when the light turned yellow.

    The second biker laying his bike down–always a bad idea, right?

    Seems like he was too close, as well.

    @HonestAbe, as for helmets, I don’t know why people assume wearing a helmet will always save your life or prevent injury.

    Most bike deaths are a result of internal injuries.

    Heck, my wife works in the ER and has come to realize that not wearing a helmet is low risk compared to the true reason crashes happen.

    Yes, wearing a helmet protects your noggin, but it’s far from being some mythical panacea.

    Frankly, when I choose to ride without a helmet I notice my senses are heightened and I ride safer.

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