Serious Motorcycle Crash in Lee County Leaves One Injured

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One man was taken by LifeFlight the St. Anthony Medical Center after a serious motorcycle accident,

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department says it happened Sunday evening just after 6pm.  52-year-old Robert Smith of DeKalb was northbound on Rt. 251 when he lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle at the curve near the intersection with Rochelle Road.  Investigators say his motorcycle traveled nearly 500 feet through the east ditch, then skidded on its side as it went across Rochelle Rd., ejecting Smith.

Smith was taken by ambulance to the Rochelle Airport where the medical helicopter took him to Rockford for emergency treatment.  While Lee County officials did not go into details about the seriousness of his injuries, the fact a medical helicopter was used would indicate his injuries were serious and in need of immediate emergency room care.

Investigators say speed does not  appear to be a factor in the crash, and Smith was not wearing a helmet.

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