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St. Charles man killed in Campton Hills motorcycle crash

Published: Saturday, May 30, 2009 12:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 31, 2009 8:21 a.m. CDT
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(Rob Winner – rwinner@kcchronicle.com)
A St. Charles man was killed Friday night in a motorcycle accident on Route 64 in Campton Hills. His wife, a passenger on the motorcycle, was treated and released from Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

CAMPTON HILLS – A St. Charles man was killed Friday night after the motorcycle he was driving rear-ended a car on Route 64 in Campton Hills.

Michael S. Smith, 40, of the 200 block of Sunbury Drive, was killed in the crash. His wife, Theresa Smith, a passenger on his Harley Davidson, was transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where she was treated and released early Saturday morning.

Campton Hills police responded to the crash at 41W031 Route 64 at 8:04 p.m. Michael Smith was transported to Delnor Hospital for treatment and was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m.

Preliminary blood tests conducted at the hospital showed Smith's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit and there was a presence of marijuana, according to a Campton Hills police press release.

Those gathered at the couple's house in St. Charles Saturday afternoon did not want to comment.

The accident happened along a busy stretch of Route 64 in front of Brent Rooker's house. He was inside at the time of the crash.

"My wife called 911 and we went running out to see what we could do," Rooker said.

Smith was bleeding from his head, Rooker said.

"I didn't think he was going to make it," Rooker said. "He was turning blue right away."

Smith and his wife were not wearing helmets, Rooker said. Illinois does not have a helmet law.

Rooker's neighbor, Anne Powell, helped administer CPR on Michael Smith before emergency personnel arrived. Powell is a certified nursing assistant.

"He had already started to go into congestive heart failure," Powell said.

Powell said people regularly speed on that stretch of Route 64. She grew up in the house she lives in.

"We've seen a lot of bad accidents with motorcycles and cars out here," she said.

A biker herself, Powell said she feels bad about what happened.

"My heart goes out to the family," Powell said.

According to police, Michael Smith was driving a Harley Davidson eastbound on Route 64 and left the road on the south shoulder, came back on the road and hit the rear bumper of a vehicle traveling in the same direction.

A companion motorcycle was traveling with the victim, according to witness accounts and an investigation at the scene. The driver of the other motorcycle left the scene before police arrived.

Witnesses told police the motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic before the crash.

The driver and passengers of the car that was hit were not injured. A press release said they were from Geneva, but did not provide any other details.

The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting the Campton Hills Police Department in the investigation of the crash. No charges have been filed at this time.

Campton Hills police are looking for the other motorcyclist and anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 630-584-0330.

This is the second fatal motorcycle accident in Kane County in a week. Last Saturday, Wade and Denise Thomas of St. Charles were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash at Route 47 and Smith Road near Elburn.

The married couple was killed in a chain-reaction crash between six motorcycles and three cars. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by fire department personnel.

The couple was on a motorcycle ride to Wisconsin. An Aurora woman was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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