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N. Aurora man critical after Route 64 motorcycle crash

VIRGIL – A 50-year-old North Aurora man is listed in critical condition Thursday at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, one day after he was injured in a two-motorcycle crash on Route 64 in Virgil.

Steven Wenger was airlifted from the scene of Wednesday's crash on Route 64, just west of Meredith Road, according to Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff's Office. He was involved in a crash with Timothy Corbit, 55, of Elburn, who was treated and released at the scene, Gengler said. Corbitt was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident in the crash, which took place at 5:10 p.m.

Gengler said the motorcyclists were riding together, headed to Chuck's Bar and Grill, which is at 47W739 Route 64. He said they were staggered in the lane, and the first motorcycle began to turn into the business but "was essentially T-boned by the second bike." Gengler said Wenger was riding in a 1992 Harley Davidson and Corbitt in a 2014 Harley Davidson.

Neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, Gengler said.

"I am not sure of the exact nature of the injuries, but any time you have a motorcycle crash like this, you have to think helmets would have helped," Gengler said.

It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Route 64 was closed between Peplow and Meredith roads while the crash was investigated. The crash remains under investigation by sheriff's detectives and members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team. Gengler said the investigation is ongoing, and it is too soon to tell whether there will be any additional charges.

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