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May 29, 2012 | 10:48 AMTOWN OF LAGRANGE — A 58-year-old Rolling Meadows, Ill., man was killed and his wife is in critical condition after a truck struck their motorcycle on Memorial Day.
At about 9:57 a.m. emergency responders were called to a truck versus motorcycle accident with an unresponsive person lying in the roadway, at the intersection of Highway 12 and Tamarack Road.
After the crash, William M. Geimer, who was driving the motorcycle, was transported to Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn, where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:07 a.m. His wife, Cheryl M. Geimer, 60, was a passenger on the motorcycle and remains in critical condition. Both William and Cheryl were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
An initial investigation revealed that William Geimer was riding a 2007 BMW motorcycle east on Highway 12. Josh D. McCue, 26, of Waterford, was traveling west on Highway 12 in his 1998 GMC pick-up truck, which was pulling a boat with a trailer.
McCue attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Tamarack Road when the motorcycle crashed into his vehicle.
The motorcycle had the right-of-way, according to a press release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.
The motorcycle struck the passenger side door of the truck. As a result of the crash, Cheryl Geimer was thrown from the motorcycle, according to the press release.
There were three passengers in the truck at the time of the accident. Ryan A. Wengel, 27, of Fort Atkinson, Alicia M. Karczewski, 21, Union Grove, and Kacy L. Ryan, age 22, of Union Grove, were treated and released from area hospitals.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash at this time. This is an open, ongoing investigation. Once the investigation is completed, the matter will be reviewed by the Walworth County District Attorney's Office for consideration regarding possible citations and/or charges, according to the press release.
The Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire/Rescue units responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash. The Walworth County Crash Investigation Unit also responded to the scene.