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Batavia man dies in motorcycle crash that injures passenger

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com
Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.

BATAVIA – Joseph G. Graves, 31, of Batavia, died in a motorcycle crash April 15 off Kirk Road that left his female passenger critically injured, according to a Batavia Police Department report.

About 5:25 p.m., an officer in a marked Batavia police squad activated the emergency lighting on the car and attempted to make a traffic stop on Wind Energy Pass at Kirk Road after catching up to the motorcycle he had seen traveling south on Kirk Road at about 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, Detective Sgt. Shawn Mazza said. The officer had been waiting to turn onto Kirk Road when the motorcycle – driven by Graves – passed him at high speed, according to Mazza.

After the officer activated the emergency lighting, the motorcycle turned onto westbound Wind Energy Pass and appeared to slow, leading the officer to believe he was coming to a stop, Mazza said. But then the motorcycle accelerated to a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the four-way stop sign at Wind Energy Pass and Wagner Road, according to Mazza.

The motorcycle continued westbound to the 1200 block of Wind Energy Pass, a little more than a block from Kirk Road, where it struck the rear driver's side of a Chevy Suburban backing from the street into a private driveway, ejecting the motorcycle driver and passenger, the report stated. The driver of the Chevy Suburban was not injured, Mazza said, who also noted that both the driver and passenger on the motorcycle were wearing helmets.

Graves, of the 300 block of South Jackson Street, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report, which stated the passenger was airlifted by helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where she remained in critical condition the afternoon of April 17.

Because of the involvement of a Batavia Police Department officer, the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team, is investigating the incident, according to the report.

"There is no indication that the officer violated any policies, and, as of this point in the investigation, the officer is not being disciplined for his actions," Mazza said.

An autopsy was performed on April 17, with the preliminary cause of death being multiple injuries due to a motor vehicle mishap, according to the Kane County Coroner's Office, which stated that toxicology samples were collected and sent to a lab.

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