CHICAGO, Illinois — Chicago police have asked for the public to help identify the driver of a car that struck a motorcycle rider in the Gragin section of the northwest side of Chicago. The motorcycle rider was a 36-year-old man, according to WGN-TV. The evidence gathered by police officers at the scene of the crash suggests that the motorist who ran away from the scene crashed into the motorcycle intentionally and then took off from the area. Friends of the deceased motorcyclist said they found the vehicle involved in the crash a few blocks away from the scene of the criminal act. Police have not said what the motive might have been, nor have they identified any suspect.
Witnesses told the media that the motorcyclist and a person driving a black sports utility vehicle engaged in a verbal altercation a few minutes before the fatal crash. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the witnesses said that the suspect vehicle is a GMC Envoy SUV. The witnesses placed the altercation a few blocks away from the scene of the accident located near the 4900 block of West Diversey Avenue. Police said that the motorcycle rider was driving easterly on West Diversey when the GMC slammed into the bike from behind. The impact threw the motorcycle rider off of the bike and into a sign pole. First responders pronounced the motorcyclist deceased at the scene of the crash.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a post-mortem examination of the body. The coroner concluded that the motorcycle rider died from multiple traumatic injuries.
Witnesses to the crash said the GMC fled easterly. The day after the crash, other witnesses said they found the GMC abandoned a few blocks away from the crash. The front grill, hood, and bumper had damage consistent with striking a motorcycle tire. Police have asked people with information to come forward so investigators can apprehend the driver of the SUV.
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