Fatal Motorcycle Wreck In Wayne County

There was a fatal Southern Illinois motorcycle accident Friday afternoon (July 24, 2015) in Wayne County, Illinois.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Illinois 15 (near Old Fairfield Road) when a westbound minivan attempted to make a turn in front of the motorcycle.   A collision occurred between the minivan and motorcycle, during which time the motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, identified as Richard D. Crane, 47, of Fairfield, was first taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was later airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

He died Friday evening at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

An excerpt from the July 27, 2015 Evansville Courier& Press article titled “Fairfield, Ill. man killed in motorcycle wreck“:

The driver of the van, Shana L. Smith, 27, of Fairfield, was also injured and taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital following the 2:20 p.m. accident.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office ticketed Smith for failure to yield the right of way.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Southern Illinois collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 27 wfiwradio.com article headlines of July 27.


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