Accounts Differ in Fatal Motorcycle Crash

By Shardaa Gray and Natalie Martinez
|  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011  |  Updated 9:05 PM CDT
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State police and friends of a man killed in a motorcycle crash last week offer different versions of what happened and who is to blame.

State police and friends of a man killed in a motorcycle crash last week offer different versions of what happened and who is to blame.

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State police and friends of a man killed in a motorcycle crash last week offer different versions of what happened and who is to blame.

What's known is that 29-year-old Nicholas Linton, of Aurora, was headed to Chicago with two other friends on their own motorcycles around 9:15 p.m. Friday night.

But that's where details of the story begin to diverge.

Oscar Flores, who was riding his own bike about 150 feet behind Linton and a third motorcyclist, said he got cut off by an Illinois State Police officer. He said he didn't even know it was the police until the vehicle went around them. 

Linton tried to swerve, but failed, and was launched from his bike, said Flores. Friends said they didn't even know it was an officer because they didn't see flashing lights or sirens coming.  

Monique Bond of State Police has a different version. She offered video recorded from the dash board of the Master Sergeant's vehicle purportedly showing Linton going 92 mph.

"The motorcycles were in front of the officer," said Bond, adding that the sergeants vehicle was never in front of the three motorcycles.

"As far as what we know now, that's not the case," she said.

Linton's loved ones have taken their case to the attorney's of the NAACP.

"Once he had drove by them he made such a quick cut into the lane that the guys had no other choice, but to try to get out of the way of the car," said attorney David Lowery.

Linton's body will be buried in Aurora on Thursday.

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