Motorcyclist dies from Streator crash, as police pursued him

Man was flown to Peoria hospital where he died from injuries

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A 33-year-old man died following a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the corner of Main and Illinois streets in Streator, after a Streator police officer had tried to make a traffic stop with the motorcyclist.

A police officer observed the motorcycle initially driven at 8:46 p.m. Saturday in the area of Powell and Livingston streets had no working taillights, according to a news release from the Streator Police Department. The officer tried to catch up with the motorcyclist with emergency lights and a spotlight activated, but the motorcyclist continued to ride north on Illinois Street, police said.

As the motorcyclist approached Main Street, the cyclist made a left turn onto Main Street, then tried a quick right turn to continue north on Illinois Street on the other side of railroad tracks, but he failed to make that second (right) turn properly and was ejected from the motorcycle, police said.

The Streator Fire Department and Ambulance assisted the injured man, who was flown to Peoria by medical helicopter. The man died in Peoria as a result of the injuries, police said.

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