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One dead, another in critical condition in separate crashes



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June 13, 2012 | 10:01 AM
ELKHORN — This weekend one man was killed and another was seriously injured in two separate motorcycle accidents in Walworth County.

Randy J. Detloff, 41, of Palatine, Ill., died Tuesday as the result of the injuries he suffered during a motorcycle accident on Saturday on Highway H, in the town of LaGrange, according to a press release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.

In a separate crash, Kyle J. Castellion, 22, of Franksville, was seriously injured Sunday at 7 p.m., after he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle on Highway DD, near Gardner Road, in the town of Spring Prairie. Castellion remains in critical condition in a Milwaukee-area hospital with head injuries.

Fatal accident

On Saturday at 12:26 p.m., Randy J. Detloff, 41, of Palatine, Ill., was operating his 1986 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Highway H, about three-fourths of a mile north of Greening Road, in the town of LaGrange, according to a press release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.

A passenger on the motorcycle, Holly N. Strever, 37, Delavan, didn't suffer serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Prior to the crash, Detloff left the roadway and entered the soft shoulder, and he attempted to regain control of the motorcycle and overcorrected.

Detloff and Strever were ejected from the motorcycle. They were not wearing helmets.

Detloff suffered critical head injuries, was airlifted to a Milwaukee-area hospital and died June 12 at 7:22 a.m., as a result of his injuries.

Serious injury

Castellion is alleged to have been traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway DD with a passenger when he lost control of his bike and crashed, according to a press release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department.

His passenger, Chelsea M. Bullis, 21, of Muskego, was also hurt, but her injuries do not appear to be life threatening at this time. Her condition at the hospital is unknown, according to the press release.

Neither Castellion nor Bullis were wearing helmets. Both were flown by Flight for Life due the the extent of their injuries.

Department of Transportation records indicate that Castellion does not possess a valid motorcycle license. Blood was taken from the driver and it will be tested to see if drugs or alcohol are contributing factors in this crash. Hwy DD was shut down for several hours and traffic was rerouted temporarily during this incident.

This case remains open and under investigation, according to the release.

Other recent motorcycle crashes

In recent weeks two other motorcyclist were killed on Walworth County highways.

On Sunday, June 3, at 1:53 p.m., Salvatore Delaurentis, 45, of Barrington, Ill., was killed on Highway B, about three-quarters of a mile from Spring Creek Road, Bloomfield Township.

Delaurentis, who is reportedly an experienced motorcycle rider, suddenly veered to the right and entered a ditch and a wheat field. His wife, Sharyn Delaurentis, 44, was a passenger on the bike. She was transported to the hospital. Salvatore Delaurentis was pronounced dead on the scene.

A witness told police that Salvatore Delaurentis appeared to be driving fine just prior to the crash.

On Memorial Day, William M. Geimer, 58, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., was killed and his wife, Cheryl M. Greimer, 60, was seriously injured after a motorcycle crash on Highway 12.

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 Geimer, who was driving the motorcycle, was transported to Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn, where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:07 a.m. 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, 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.

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