Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash That Closed Down Intersection (Update)

A 55-year-old Oak Forest man was hospitalized in critical condition after a collision with an SUV Friday near the intersection of 143rd Street and John Humphrey Drive.

UPDATED: 3:21 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

An accident between a motorcycle and a car that closed down the intersection of 143rd Street and John Humphrey Drive for a few hours early Friday evening left the motorcyclist seriously injured and hospitalized in critical condition, according to a police official.

A 55-year-old Oak Forest man was traveling on his motorcycle eastbound in the 9200 block of 143rd Street when a Lexus SUV pulled out in front of the cycle at around 3:30 p.m., said Orland Park Police Cmdr. John Keating said in an email Saturday.

The man was seriously injured and brought to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, Keating said in the email, adding that the Orland Park woman driving the SUV was not injured.

The police department's traffic unit is still investigating the crash, Keating wrote. Names were not being released at this time.

Readers living in the area near the intersection said their neighborhoods were blocked off for about three hours Friday, Oct. 26, because of the accident. At about 11 p.m. Friday, the motorcyclist's daughter-in-law posted this message on Orland Park Patch's Facebook page:

He is in the surgery/neuro intensive care unit. He's hanging on for his life right now. It's been over 6 hours and we are finally going to be able to get to see him. Please keep him in your prayers!

Patch will continue to update you as details become available.


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Ben Feldheim November 04, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Freddie, I understand your intentions here, but without being at the scene there isn't a way to know and authorities we've spoken with haven't said one way or the other. Best is not to assume. The brain can be hurt plenty even if one is wearing a helmet, and I know that from a friend who was in a motorcycle accident where a car driver wasn't paying attention, and he was wearing a helmet. That said, I am very sorry for your loss. Any motorized vehicle for land, air and sea can become deadly if we're all not careful.
Amanda Gurke November 08, 2012 at 02:10 AM
He's literally one of the most genuine men I have ever met. I cannot even believe something like this could happen to him. I only had the pleasure of meeting him a couple times but he left an impression. To John and joe, as well as the rest of his family and friends my prayers go out to you all
Tom wallace November 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
no, no helmet, just his hard hat from his construction site. However, poor timing Freddie.
June November 27, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I want to thank all who have prayed for Joe, hes still fighting the fight! Today he had another surgery, God is working mighty miracles in Joe please continue to pray thank you. June Vanek ( Joe's wife)
Ben Feldheim November 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Thank you for sharing, June. We'll keep him in our thoughts and prayers.


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