A 26-year-old motorcyclist has died after being thrown from his bike in a crash with a car and another person was seriously hurt late Friday in the South Side Hamilton Park neighborhood witnessed by police.
The man was riding a motorcycle when he stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of West 79th and South Halsted streets at 10:55 p.m., according to a Gresham District lieutenant.
The man “peeled away” at a high rate of speed when the light turned green, striking the right rear of a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria near the intersection of 79th and South Green Street and causing the motorcyclist to be launched over the car, the lieutenant said. The man -- who was not wearing a helmet -- landed on his head.
The motorcyclist, identified as David Fason, of 15610 Maryland in Dolton, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m.
The Crown Victoria -- which belongs to a civilian and is not a police car -- suffered damage to its rear, the lieutenant said.
A police officer witnessed the crash and attempted to help the injured motorcyclist, the lieutenant said.
Two people were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to Fire Media Affairs Chief Joe Roccasalva. Both were in serious condition.
The police Major Accidents Investigation unit is investigating.