Fatal Northbound I-57 Motorcycle Accident Near Centralia

There was a fatal northbound I-57 motorcycle accident Thursday (July 26, 2018) south of Salem, Illinois.  The accident appears to have involved a car that “rear-ended” a motorcycle.  Following the crash, the car’s driver was charged with reckless homicide.

An excerpt regarding the fatal northbound I-57 motorcycle accident, from the July 31, 2018 Courier & Press article titled “Evansville man charged in fatal southern Illinois motorcycle crash“:

Police said Jonathan Trotter, 21, was speeding when his car ran into the back of a motorcycle on Interstate 57 south of Salem, Illinois. The accident claimed the life of Mason Wathan of Centralia, Illinois. Wathan, 23 was pronounced dead at the scene at around 4:30 a.m. July 26.

The reckless homicide charge claims Trotter was operating his car “at a greater speed than was reasonable or proper,” striking Wathan’s motorcycle. A public defender has been appointed to represent Trotter. A judge has set bond at $25,000.

The crash was reported at 4:37 a.m.  I-57 northbound, near Centralia, where the crash occurred, was closed as part of the accident investigation from approximately 5:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Southern Illinois fatal northbound I-57 motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the July 26 bnd.com article titled “Fatal motorcycle crash closed down I-57 near Centralia, IL.”


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