Alsip Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

The single-vehicle crash happened near 147th and Oak Park Avenue late Saturday night.

Authorities have released the name of the driver killed in a motorcycle wreck near 147th and Oak Park Avenue Saturday night.

Matteo Manueli, 34, of Alsip, has been identified as the driver of the motorcycle, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The driver appeared to have lost control while driving at about 8:45 p.m., said Oak Forest Police Lt. John Koschnitzky. The roadway and weather were clear last night.

Koschnitzky said the victim wasn't wearing a helmet.

The driver was taken to Palos Community Hospital. Police were at the scene of the crash until early Sunday morning.

Personnel from the Cook County Sheriff's Office and Oak Forest's Police and Fire departments were at the crash.

The South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. It is not known if alcohol was a factor.

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Kathleen November 19, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I have lived 2 blocks away from this intersection for 23 years and since the lights have been installed we hear sirens from emergency vehicles constantly due to people in the ditch or losing control of their vehicles and ending up in the woods. I have called the Oak Forest City Hall asking for help to get guard rails ( or any other safety feature) installed along the curve on 147th and Oak Park Ave (by the curve/light) I even spent a day calling the Dept of Transportation trying to get help with this matter and no luck!!! My question is how many more individuals need to get hurt or killed before something is done about this intersection? It is deadly and unfortunately there will be more injuries if there is no solution to this problem. 3 souls have been lost at this intersection. 3 precious individuals. When will Oak Forest or the Dept of transportation realize it is time to step forward and do something!!!! Our block is inconvenienced by the back up of traffic but I cannot imagine anyone sacrificing a few more minutes to save a life.
Dave November 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I drove by this area yesterday and saw where the bike ended. He did not even make the turn. He was headed northbound and if you look close to where the cross is in the middle of the road you can see the paint marks of where the bike wheels were. He had to lose control before he even got to the turn. Guard rails would not have helped here and the light was not an influence to the accident looking at how things ended up.
Darnell November 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Hey Dave, REAAAD ! I never said THIS individual was going WB, I never commented on the PARTICULARS of this crash at all. I commented on the observance that I have made on the conditions that exist since the instillation of the lights.
Kathleen November 19, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hi Dave, I did not go out and inspect the scene. The only thing that should matter is another person lost their life. Regardless of location on the street, guard rails, speed limits or light locations, this intersection/approach to the curve needs to be identified as a problematic and deadly intersection. It needs to be reconfigured so those who DO NOT live in Oak Forest or do not know about these incidents can have a safe road to travel on and those who DO live in Oak Forest will take a moment to slow down for the turn. I think we can all agree the main concern is for another person to avoid injuries or even death! When people come together to solve this problem it will be better for everyone whether they live in O.F. or not.
seth thomas December 01, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Darnell I've known Matt for 20 years.We all will miss him.I know he was a responsible driver,we will never know if a helmet would have saved him or if stop lights versus stop signs would have made a difference.He rode this street plenty of times and knew it well.It was a freak accident and we can try to figure out what happened.I've been driving down this road for 25 years and I try to steer clear of it.Hopefully you find peace like we all are trying to do.To the people in OF or driving through that area.Be safe or you could be like our friend.


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