BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – A Warrenville motorcycle rider remained in serious condition Monday afternoon following a Sunday afternoon crash that injured him and his passenger during a DuKane ABATE motorcycle parade, officials said.
Curtis Dalton, 46, of Warrenville, was listed in serious condition as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, an Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital spokesman said. He previously was listed in critical condition at 7 p.m. Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Emergency crews were dispatched about 12:46 p.m. Sunday to a report of a crash with injuries near the intersection of Main Street and Green Road in Blackberry Township, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.
A 2000 Yamaha motorcycle driven by Dalton crashed during the event, according to the release. He and his passenger, Sara Nickence, 43, of Aurora, suffered severe injuries from the crash, the release stated.
Nickence was taken by Batavia paramedics to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Elburn Fire Lt. Greg Algrim said.
A Delnor Hospital spokesman did not return phone messages left Sunday and Monday seeking Nickence's condition report.
"It appears that [Dalton] swerved to avoid a helmet that fell off another motorcycle that was also involved in the ride," Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler stated in a news release.
Dalton was airlifted by a Superior helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, according to the release.
Gengler wrote in the release he did not have any confirmed information on Dalton's or Nickence's use of helmets.
Algrim also said he did not know whether the two were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
The motorcycle parade was part of motorcycle safety and rights organization DuKane ABATE’s 29th annual Toy and Food Run. The parade began in Elburn, heading south on Route 47 to Main Street, then was heading east toward the Batavia VFW, at 645 River Road in Batavia.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was scheduled to ride in Sunday’s motorcycle parade. Pictures posted online show Rauner taking photos Sunday morning with riders before the start of the parade.
“[The parade] continued on after everybody was transported and the scene was cleared,” Algrim said.