Two Fatalities In Jackson County Motorcycle Crash

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday morning (August 28, 2016) in De Soto.   This crash appears to have involved a loss of control at a sharp turn in the roadway.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to the accident scene at approximately 8:00 a.m., near the area of Vaughn Road and Jimmy Lane.  A motorcycle accident had occurred, in which a motorcycle with passenger had ran off the road and struck a tree.

An excerpt from article of August 28, 2016, titled “Update:  Motorcycle accident kills two in De Soto“:

Evidence indicated a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle had been traveling westbound on Vaughn road and failed to negotiate a 90-degree turn, subsequently leaving the road and striking a tree. Both the driver and the rider were thrown from the motorcycle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The motorcyclist was identified as William L. Skelton, 34, of Johnston City.  He was declared dead at the accident scene.

The passenger was identified as Heather Basenberg, 27, of Du Quoin.  She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her accident injuries, and later died from these injuries.

Additional details regarding this fatal motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including article mentioned above as well as the August 28 article (with video) titled “Authorities identify victims in fatal motorcycle crash in Jackson Co., IL.”


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